Summer at Buckhorn
By Anna Rose Wright
New York, The Viking Press, 1943
243 p. illus. 22 cm. ( LC Call No.: PZ7.W92Su)
About a group of kids who have miscellaneous adventures while spending their
summer at their Aunt's farm. Their shoes come off shortly after arrival and are not used
again for the duration of the summer.
There is, however, another visitor, a boy who doesn't quite fit into the group. Among
other things, he insists on wearing shoes. Finally, when no one is looking, he goes out
and tries climbing a tree barefoot. Before the day is over, he spots an emergency and
saves a life. In the process he has to traverse some rough ground barefoot and earns the
Finally, it is time to put on their shoes and go home. One of the group makes a comment
to the effect: "It's like your feet have gone deaf."
The book is from the early part of the century, but is in many libraries. It is a good
children's adventure story in general and certainly makes the point that you can have a
lot of fun spending a summer barefoot.