Fair Weather by Richard PeckThirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett has never strayed further from her familys farm than a horse can pull a cart. Then a letter from her Aunt Euterpe arrives, and everything changes. Its 1893, the year of the Worlds Columbian Exposition-the wonder of the age-a.k.a. the Chicago Worlds Fair. Aunt Euterpe is inviting the Becketts to come for a visit and go to the fair! Award-winning author Richard Pecks fresh, realistic, and fun-filled writing truly brings the Worlds Fair-and Rosie and her family-to life.
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After spinning two yarns about city kids having madcap adventures in the country A Long Way From Chicago ; A Year Down Yonder , Peck plays the flip side here, hilariously relating what happens when three farm children take on the Chicago World's Fair. The narrator, year-old Rosie Beckett, isn't quite sure what inspired her mother to allow Rosie and her two siblings to visit rich Aunt Euterpe in a "place with a million or so people, most of them criminals," but she suspects it has something to do with her wanting to separate Rosie's older sister, Lottie, from her suitor, "a drifter and probably a grifter. Peck fluidly works in the children's sense of awe as they observe the skyscrapers and the smooth surface of city roads. Meanwhile, the Becketts' boisterous spirits prove to be a little overwhelming for their widowed aunt who still dresses in black after being a widow for four years. During the first 48 hours in Chicago, the Beckett clan manages to run off the household help and embarrass their aunt in front of some of Chicago's most prominent ladies. Luckily, things take a turn for the better, and later experiences—riding a Ferris wheel, seeing Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and discovering Granddad Fuller is old pals with Buffalo Bill himself—are as thrilling for Aunt Euterpe as for her less sophisticated kin.
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Rosie lives in the country with her parents, her Granddad, her big sister, Lottie, and her little brother, Buster. One day, though, a letter from her Aunt Euterpe arrives and her new life begins. Granddad, a man with a mind of his own and a dog for a sidekick, thwarts her plans by taking the ticket and joining the children on their first trip to a big city. When they arrive in Chicago, the contrast between life in the big city and life on the poor country farm is clear to all the travelers immediately. Their exploits at the fair are funny and enjoyable to read as Rosie recounts all the new sights, sounds, and smells around her. Aside from being a great story, Fair Weather is also a good source of factual information about the Columbian Exposition. Photographs of the fair are included throughout the book to complement the descriptions of what Rosie sees.
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Fair Weather. Author: Richard Peck. Page Length: Reading Level: 6. Genre: Historical Fiction. Plucking chickens and tending the garden is an average day for these three until a letter from Aunt Euterpe arrives.