Amish Children

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Good Books, 2000 - Photography - 154 pages
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Theirs is a world of mystery, a place apart. Where children dress like miniature adults, where they speak Pennsylvania Dutch before English (which they usually learn in first grade), where they are entrusted with fieldwork and kitchen duty before they leave elementary school, where theynearly always share three meals a day with their parents and siblings (except lunch during the school year).

These are children who grow up without television, computers, or telephones. But they know their grandparents intimately; the boys can harness a horse and take their part in the twice-daily milking operation; the girls can quilt, bake bread from scratch, and look af ter their preschooler brothers and sisters.

What is it like to be an Amish child? With unforgettable photographs, Jerry Irwin shows moments within the Amish community. Children overlookingthe barnraising, "scholars" as the Amish refer to their elementary-school-aged students) conferring with their teacher, Datt (Pennsylvania Dutch for "Datt"), leading a fishing expedition of youngsters,sisters hosing down the buggy, a family at the school picnic, a sister and brother pitching watermelons to "Mamm",(Pennsylvania Dutch for Mom.)

The photography is immediate, artistic, respectful.

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Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from New York University. Phyllis is the author of the Fix-It and Enjoy-It! and the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook series . She co-authored The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense bestseller Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker (with Dawn J. Ranck). Phyllis Pellman Good is Executive Editor at Good Booksand lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For a complete listing of books by Phyllis Pellman Good, visit

Irwin is a freelance photographer based in Lancaster County.

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