Here are the top three things I absolutely LOVE about this book:
1.) The Character Names.
Beans, Kermit, Pork Chop, Slow Poke, and Too Bad, to name a few.
2.) The Diaper Gang
Turtle's entrepreneur cousins belong to the very exclusive Diaper Gang. Yes, they change diapers and swaddle fussy babies in exchange for candy. Hey, times were tough. Candy was a hot commodity.
3.) The History.
You learn a heap about what life was like in Key West in 1935. I was intrigued by all of the references to Little Orphan Annie and Terry and the Pirates. Turtle even meets Key West's most famous writer (Ernest Hemingway, perhaps?) and advises him to write for the funny pages.
4.) Alligator Pears.
You'll have to read to find out what they are!
|Little Orphan Annie|
|Terry and the Pirates|
Recipe to Read By:
A True Key West Cut Up
Key West Cut
Here's a picture of the Key West Cut-Up we made in my class. A little sour, a little sweet, a LOT delicious!