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Rachel Maendel grew up in a special place; a Hutterian colony in Canada, where many families lived together on one big farm, sharing their work and play. Rachel had a large family and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The warmth and love of her extended family come through in the true stories in this book. The stories show us that it is possible to have a happy childhood with few material things. Rachel's Hutterite colony had its own school, kitchen, and dining room. Their tradition of working, eating, and worshiping together as one large family goes back to Anabaptist beginnings in Europe, five hundred years ago.
"What do you girls have in your aprons?" Aunt Susie asked.
"Eggs " they said, proudly.
Rachel and her cousin, growing up on a Hutterite farm colony, find goose eggs hidden in the rushes by the river. Rachel borrows a "broody hen" from the colony's chicken barn, and her father helps her build a nest box.
When the eggs finally hatch, everyone laughs to see the big geese following the little "mama" hen. But the geese are always getting in trouble. One morning the worst happens, and Rachel finds them dead. But wait Are they really gone? There's a surprise twist to the end of this story by Rachel Maendel for ages 4 to 9.
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