I have saved one of the finest items for the end of this little book. It is a little essay written by a twelve- year-old girl in Perry County, Alabama. Helen Essary came into possession of it about twenty years ago, checked it for its authenticity, and then sent it to the Reader's Digest and they checked it, so it must be genuine. It was published in 1939
I wonder who the real author is. Did Nellie L. McClung write it, or did she use it by permission of the the actual writer? (I haven't found any acknowledgements, so I'm inclined to think that she did write it. But... did she write it as an adult, or did she incorporate a piece of writing from her childhood into the novel?
In either case, I'm glad... I'm thankful that this essay was written and published, and that I've had the joy of reading it.