Sometimes books stick with you. Sometimes books for whatever reason make an impression on you and over thirty years later you have a desire for your children to know them. One book that stuck with me is The Summerfolk by Doris Burn.
“Thick as sand fleas and twice as pesky.” That is what Willy Potts’ father Joes says. He’s talking about the summerfolk. The vacationers that come to the beach where Willy and Joe live year round. The beach from where Joe makes his living as a fisherman. Willy and Joe have no use for the silly summerfolk.
Willy and Joe each have their own boat. One summer day, the longest day of the year, Joe sets out for work and Willy sets out for the swamp. Willy meets some summerfolk like he’s never met before. He meets Fedderly, Rosebud, Cork and Spinner, and Twyla Loo, they form a flotilla and have some adventure.
Does Willy change his mind about summerfolk?
This book seems to be out of print, although I’ve seen some copies for sale on the internet. It is an engaging book, giving the reader just enough information to let their imagination go. Ms. Burns black and white drawings are superb. Worth a look around for. Check libraries. This book has survived since my first encounter in first grade. I think it stuck with me.