The Windy Hill
Cornelia Meigs, Berta Hader, Elmer Hader
- 152 Pages
- August 4, 2020
- ISBN: 9781631584848
- Imprint: Racehorse for Young Readers
- Trim Size: 6.5in x 8.375in
Will these two siblings help solve a family mystery? Find out in one of the earliest Newbery Honor Award winners!
Brother and sister, Oliver and Janet, are excited to spend their summer with their cousin Jasper, who has always been cheerful and fun to be around. However, when the children arrive at his home, Jasper is despondent and distracted—nothing like the cousin they know. Eventually, the children discover that their cousin has been having trouble with a neighbor but is doing nothing to fix the problem! The siblings want to help . . . but how?
Enter in The Beeman, a neighbor who regales Oliver and Janet with enchanting stories of local history. The two siblings visit the friendly neighbor more and more to hear his amazing stories but continue to wonder how they can help their cousin. As it turns out, The Beeman’s tales of their family history just so happen to contain the secret to helping Jasper with his villainous neighbor!
With original illustrations and beautiful, descriptive prose, this classic award-winner is perfect for young readers eager for a good, wholesome mystery. Whether you read it alone or as a family, get ready to be swept away by The Windy Hill!
Berta Hader was born in Mexico in 1890. She moved around the US throughout her childhood, eventually settling in San Francisco where she attended the California School of Design. There she met and befriended Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of then-unknown Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is there she also met her future husband Elmer Hader, with whom she illustrated and co-wrote multiple children’s books. In 1918, she moved to New York where she did fashion illustration for McCall’s magazine and was married a year later.
Elmer Hader was born in California and, at the age of 16 as a part of the National Guard, helped restore balance to San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906. He attended the California School of Design at the same time as his future wife, Betty. In 1918, he was drafted into the US Army and after spending a year in France as a part of the Camouflage Corps, he moved straight to New York City. After being demobilized in 1919, he married Betty.