This book could be set during the Great Depression. The story is told from the middle child, Jack’s, point of view.
Of the Six Traits for writing, “voice” is the one that this book best demonstrates. Set in the country, poor, but compassionate children steal the unharvested potatoes from a neighbor.
They draw the conclusion that he won’t mind because the potatoes are left over after the harvest.
Honesty is illustrated as the children’s mother has them confess what they have done to the field owner.