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Covering the Newbery (#18): Thimble Summer

I’m foolishly attempting to give each and every Newbery-winning book a new look. Today, we close out the ’30s with…

1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Older Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Not my favorite. Not sure if the pig focus is working.

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1938: White Stag

1937: Roller Skates

1936: Caddie Woodlawn

1935: Dobry

1934: Invincible Louisa

1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

1932: Waterless Mountain

1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow

1928: Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source image: “Pig” http://www.flickr.com/photos/beeldenzeggenmeer/405092064/)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I love all of your covers! I wish there were a way to order the “100 Scopes” versions for my library, for real! You really have a talent for design!
    Sadly, this one is one of my least favorites. The pig just isn’t doing it for me.
    Better luck next week?

  2. I just finished reading Thimble Summer and chose to read it because the story is set on a farm in Wisconsin. The cover focus really should be on Garnet (the girl) or maybe the silver thimble. The pig plays only a minor role toward the end of the book.

  3. I agree with Janelle. However, it would be a great new cover for Babe the Gallant Pig!