Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid

by Ralph Fletcher (Author)

Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

The colorful boyhood of a popular author comes to life in this personal account

Imagine learning from a nosy classmate that your mother is having yet another baby. To Ralph's classmates, news of one more Fletcher baby is just scuttlebutt. But for Ralph, the oldest of nine, being part of a large family means more kids to join in the fun--from making tripods in the woods and snicking up the rug to raising chicks and even discovering a meteor (well, maybe). It doesn't feel like there's life beyond Marshfield, Massachusetts. Then one day Dad's new job moves the family to Chicago, and there's so much Ralph has to leave behind. In this humorous and captivating memoir, Ralph Fletcher traces the roots of his storytelling.

Review quotes

"Written with sagacious eloquence and gentle humor, this work stands strong in the ranks of authors' memoirs and autobiographies." —School Library Journal

"Boisterously good times . . . For readers who enjoy imagining what it was like to be a kid in days of yore, this has a certain charm." —Booklist

"Charming . . . Sensitive glimpses of a close-knit, traditional family." —VOYA

"This scrapbook of family moments is an amusing, charming and heartwarming memoir about a close family—close in terms of both small house space and their feelings for each other. A snapshot of small-world life that will open readers' eyes to the bonds of a peerless time and simpler lifestyle." —Kirkus Reviews

Ralph Fletcher
Ralph Fletcher is the author of many well-received books for children, including the Fig Pudding and picture book Twilight Comes Twice. He lives in New Hampshire.

Kate Kiesler graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now illustrates numerous picture books, including The Great Frog Race and Other Poems. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Square Fish
Publication date
September 20, 2012
BISAC categories
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
JNF019000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | General
JNF009000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Boys & Men
Library of Congress categories
Childhood and youth
20th century
Authors, American
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiograp
Homes and haunts
Social life and customs
American authors
Marshfield (Mass.)
Fletcher, Ralph J

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