Yardley, PA is a small township across the river from Trenton, NJ. Join Diane Campbell Green as she steps back in time and shares seven adventures with the Chalmers family in Goats and Ginger Ale Floats. Even though this book is fictional, the stories are realistic and could have happened in any small town during the 1960s. Enjoy learning about how life was in the old days. Join Jimmy, Billy, their older sister Becky, and Becky’s sister-friend as they explore the area. A herd of goats chases Becky and Sharon. The kids perform in a tap recital, have a veterans' parade, expose the town to chickenpox, and have other wacky adventures. Elementary-age children will get a thrill reading about the experiences. It would be nice if the children who read this book could talk to their grandparents about how the 1960s were.
Diane Campbell Green makes her writing come alive. The fictional events in Goats and Ginger Ale Floats will transport the reader to the 1960s. Diane writes in a very easy-to-read style and her descriptions of the events and reactions to them give life to her characters. Reading this book brought back many personal memories of growing up in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Children will learn that life was safer and calmer during that period. Children who rarely know their neighbors in today’s society will learn what it was like when neighbors interacted on many levels. Join your children in discussing the meaning of Memorial Day and how life used to be, and find enjoyment in the simple things in life.