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View from the Folding Chairs,The

By: Miller,Michala
Price: $12.95

Western Reflections,2001.
In 1941, eight-year-old Michala Cloonan Miller found herself a very small player in the infinitely larger drama of a world war.

Raised in the North Park, Colorado, town of Walden, population 600, Miller was thousands of miles from the European or Pacific theaters. Nevertheless, the war touched her childhood daily.

In this gem of a book, finely illustrated with pencil drawings by Jean Kashner, Miller recalls with dry humor, irony and exquisite detail the excitement of War Chest campaigns, victory dances, tin collections and patriotic school programs. She credits her childhood of sacrifices and shortages with molding the woman she is today.

Miller sets the reader down in the folding chairs on the front porch of her familyís rented summer house, where she and her sister soak up her motherís stories, learn to play cards and follow the progress of war campaigns on a large wall map.
Paperback, 167 pages.