The themes involving family and adventure unify Thimble Summer. These themes find their focus in Garnet Linden, a girl "between nine and ten" who craves independence and the respect of her family. A tomboy, Garnet goes barefoot most of the time, dislikes wearing dresses, and enjoys physical activities such as swimming and helping out with the farm work. Quick to anger and nearly as quick to forgive, she is a resilient, good-hearted character.
Garnet looks to her family for warmth and support, but she is an independent girl who wants adventures of her own and who...
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