This book is as Southern as sweet tea and that trademark honesty that I imagine all southerners have. I wish I had read a book like this as a kid. In the 70's and 80's all of tv and books contained "normal" families (except for After School Specials) and all kids can benefit from knowing that all families have challenges and that reaching out to friends and family will help.
I think the more significant message is that sometimes changing your own heart is the only thing you can do when faced with a loved one with any sickness (mental or physical)
I would hand this book off to any child ages 8 and up- and I would steer kids who have challenges at home to it. I'm looking forward to future books written by Cindy Baldwin.
Please note that I received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Where the Watermelons Grow By Cindy Baldwin
July 3, 2018 (I received this just after my hiatus started so it's out in the world now- go forth and request it from your library!)