Climbing the Rainbow by Joy N. Hulme

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The day I entered the classroom
for the very first time,
I was floating on a cloud of happiness.

For ten-year-old Dora Cookson, going to school for the first time is a dream come true. After moving from Utah to a homestead in New Mexico, Dora can't wait to start school, to learn, and to make new friends. There's only one problem -- Dora may be as old as the fourth graders, but she has to start in the first grade. Some kids snicker and say it's because she's dumb. But one girl named Cora Beth doesn't think so, and becomes Dora's first friend at school.

Soon Dora and Cora Beth are doing just about everything together, from practicing writing and spelling to playing with their favorite dolls to jumping rope. With the help of Cora Beth and her teacher, Dora is working hard to catch up to her grade. Then an unexpected event changes their lives forever. After tragedy strikes, will Dora be able to catch up and pass the test to get into the fifth grade? Or are other things more important now?


About Joy N. Hulme

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Joy N. Hulme is the author of "Through the Open Door and several children's picture books, including "Bubble Trouble. Climbing the Rainbow, a continuation of "Through the Open Door, is based on the true experiences of a girl who grew up on a homestead farm in New Mexico in the early 1900s. Late in her life, she and Joy Hulme became acquainted as members of the same church in California. As they visited together and the real-life Dora shared the memories of her childhood with her new friend, they discovered they had much in common. Joy Hulme and her husband, Mel, live in Monte Sereno, California.
Published March 1, 1992 by Deseret Book Co. 186 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Death also comes into Dora’s life when her best friend dies from appendicitis but life abounds throughout with details about farming, butchering, cooking, and the day’s work.

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