School's Out — "Rachel Yoder" Series
School's Out by Wanda E. Brustetter has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the "Rachel Yoder" series.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Rachel Yoder, a 9-year-old Amish girl, looks forward to celebrating the last day of school with a picnic. Her 11-year-old brother, Jacob, smashes a stinkbug on Rachel's chicken, and a bee stings her. When Rachel goes to the creek to relieve the pain, she falls in the creek. The next day when she follows a mother cat and kittens into a neighbor's underground root cellar, a gust of wind slams the door shut, and Rachel is locked in the cellar until that neighbor eventually finds her. For her birthday, Rachel wants a skateboard and puts one on layaway. Although she works hard, she cannot afford it. Her brother gives her a homemade skateboard, and her older sister gives her another skateboard. At the end of the book, Rachel falls asleep in the buggy, and the new horse runs away with it. Jacob runs after the buggy and is able to grab the horses' bridle and stop him. Rachel learns that her brother loves her, even though he constantly teases her.
The Amish hold church services in homes or schools every other week. The women sit on one side of the church and the men on others.
Other Belief Systems
Old Order Amish wear plain clothing. They avoid anything modern such as electricity, automobiles and telephones. They travel by horse and buggy, only renting a driver when they need to go on longer trips.
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