Timmy O'Dowd and the Big Ditch


Timmy O'Dowd and the Big Ditch, by Len Hilts

Started 03.15.21 • Finished 03.24.21



"This is a book about the Erie Canal. Timmy O'Dowd wants to be a packet captain like Cap'n Sam. The canal's berm often breaks so when a HUGE rainstorm hits, the berm practically disintegrates. Farmers have trouble with it until Timmy's show-offy cousin Dennis thinks up a plan and saves the canal, which was kind of a ditch. A log is dropped in, and it floats into the break. The log has to be pushed in by men, and then the water stops. At first, Timmy and Dennis didn't like each other but they became friends."


Neph, age 10

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