The book Two for Joy is an amazing adventure seen through the eyes of a young girl named Jenna. It all starts when her great aunt, Tannie, falls off of a back porch step and breaks her ankle. After that, Jenna’s mom decides that Tannie needs to move in with them. However, this poses a problem when her aunt doesn’t want to go. So Jenna and her mom visit Tannie on her farm and ask her to come live with them. After a lot of talking, they get her to come back to Virginia with them. However, Jenna’s mom tries to help Tannie too much and doesn’t save enough time for Jenna. At the same time, Jenna’s mom has difficulty asking for help, and Tannie is not able to do many things for herself. In the end, they have a big meeting to try to work everything out. Will the family be able to agree on something? Read this fun book to find out!
I think the phrase, “One for sorrow, two for joy,” fits every part of this story perfectly! While Jenna and her mom are driving to see Tannie, they count crows by saying the phrase: “One for sorrow, two for joy, three for girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.” Jenna’s mom sees only one crow, which represents sorrow. Jenna, however, spots one, two, three, four, five, six, and then seven crows. When Jenna’s aunt moves in with them it seems everything is a big mess of sorrow and frustration, but at the family meeting it turns out there is a secret never to be told! I think this book is wonderful for youngsters who might have younger siblings and feel like there isn’t enough love to go around. Just remember there is always more love the more people there are to give it to!