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The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Kingdom of Silk #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  318 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, from an uncommon sort of family—but lately Griffin isn’t so sure that’s a good thing. If he were an ordinary boy, he wouldn’t have to worry about the secret in his heart and maybe he would understand why his mother and baby sister have gone away. When Griffin starts school and meets the spirited Princess Layla, a once-in-lifetime friend who ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published October 1st 2003)
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Apr 10, 2016 Paris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good, I recommend this book to all my friends. This book has a great story to it, I enjoyed reading it and all the other series.
Susan Wight
It hasn’t been easy for Griffin Silk since his mother and baby sister went away. Formerly home educated, he has a rough entry into school, where he is teased for being different. He hopes that his mother will return and fears that she won’t and he wonders if somehow it was his fault that she left. But with the help of classmate Layla’s caring friendship, and his family, Griffin gains insights and inner strength, and he discovers the importance of receiving and offering love and support.
Home Ed
Aug 14, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book melted my heart, it was so sad
Penni Russon
Dec 25, 2011 Penni Russon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this for Fred for Christmas, snuck it away from her on Boxing Day and read it. It's a really beautiful story, set in a real world swollen with magical possibility, but all emerging from the imaginary and the whimsical (but not in the least bit twee). Very resonant, quietly powerful. I envy kids getting to read these books, I would have adored them.
Mar 26, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Naming Of Tishkin Silk shows the life of a boy growing up in a big family and his struggles he has to over come. I really enjoyed tis book because of it's sweet tale and it is such a well written book. I recommend taking your time with this book so you can enjoy it as much as I did. This book show great friendship. This book would be suitable for 9-15 year-olds or anyone looking for a short, sweet story. The story tells the life of a family with open, loving minds. They see things differentl ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally want to hug this book and yes, I did cry. Griffin, the main character, comes from a magical family. He was named after a mythical beast, afterall. The story opens with him going to school for the first time ever. He's not fitting in so well and it's really hard because all of his other siblings are attending upper school. He's alone and way misunderstood. You soon discover that his mom and baby sister have disappeared. You don't know why, but you know that it's a great source of pain ...more
May 17, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as it is shortlisted for this years UKLA Book awards (7-11 years) and I wanted to see whether it would be suitable for my class.

It is the story of Griffin, the only boy in a large family. He has to start school as his mother can no longer home school him or his sisters. His unconventional upbringing makes him a target, but thanks to his friendship with Layla he is able to overcome his problems at school and come to terms with issues at home.

This book tackles sensitive issues in a gen
Anne Hamilton
This review is not just about The Naming of Tishkin Silk but two other books in The Kingdom of Silk series: Layla, Queen of Hearts and Perry Angel’s Suitcase.

Tender and lyrical prose, gentle and almost achingly poignant moments and a golden daffy-down-dilly air pervading the stories: make sure you grab your tissue box before reading the Kingdom of Silk series.

Although I've rated them highly, I admit to some doubts. Because I'm not sure these stories for children are aimed at the right age group.
Katie Day
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Jan 01, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the character you meet on this book's opening pages, this is a truly "uncommon" short novel, the first in a series probably aimed at 8+. From unexpected characters, to serious themes (sudden infant death syndrome, unresolved grief), to sometimes astonishingly lyrical writing, this book is something different and beautiful. A gentle Australian setting adds further colour/richness to this moving exploration of friendship, sorrow, love and the need to acknowledge loss and grief.
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it really liked it
I usually don't like books from Australia. There's something about them that I feel I just don't get. I liked this one, though, about a sensitive boy, from a bohemian family, who's struggling and suffering because of the absence of his mother and baby sister. When Griffin starts school he's the target of bullies, but he's inventive and courageous. With a new friend, the equally spirited and brave Princess Layla, the rents in his life begin to mend.

Griffin's grandmother, father, and sisters surr
Sarah W
Jun 14, 2010 Sarah W rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, grief, death
When I picked up this book, I was expecting a fantasy novel based on what it looked like. What I found instead was the story of Griffin Silk, a boy forced to go to school for the first time as his mother can no longer homeschool him. His older sisters all go to different schools. There, a group of bullies led by Scott McAllister harass Griffin about his family, his appearance and everything. On the way home, the saddened boy makes a friend, a younger girl named Layla. They play and get into misc ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
I think this was a slightly darker start than the rest of the series but it doesn't take away the beauty and the love that was poured into this book. This will forever and always be my favourite series of all time, I just wished I owned it. Glenda Millard is my favourite author, who excels in writing for both middle-grade and young adult. Honestly, I really really really loved the Kingdom of Silk series. I do believe the Naming of Tishkin Silk and Layla the Queen of Hearts were really good but t ...more
Victoria Whipple
What a beautiful story of an "uncommon" boy and his unconventional family. Griffin must attend the local school after years of homeschooling, because his mother has "gone away". At school, he faces ridicule by the resident bully, but he is befriended by a girl who appreciates his unique personality and his family. The reader is privy to Griffin's thoughts and feelings that are sensed but not necessarily addressed by some of the adults in his life. Griffin's voice is believable as a boy who has s ...more
Nov 21, 2009 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
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The first of a wonderful and easy to read series that really touches the heart. Millard recognises in the character of Griffin the childhood feelings of needing to belong and fit in. Millard too sensitively delves into the secrets of the heart and the healing a true friend can bring...
Roseamber Sumner
This is a book for all ages about a brave little boy in Australia who is part of a big family that has suffered a huge loss. I read it in one sitting and feel the richer for it and as if the rest of my day is charmed and full of compassion.
The Silk family are large and attuned to each other and the world around them. They live on the fringe a little, love to dress up, embrace imagination and surround themselves with animals and love.

Narrated by 8 yr old Griffin this sad, but celebratory, tale is an exceptional read.

Having just finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and finding it completely unsatisfactory as a story and with an unbelievable 9 yr old's voice The Naming of Tishkin Silk was a stunning contrast.

This is the only book
Heather Gallagher
Jul 23, 2014 Heather Gallagher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story unfolded so gently that it wasn't until halfway through that we realise a real tragedy has taken place. I enjoyed the whimsical feel of this story and loved Granny Silk.
Rosanne Hawke
Mar 28, 2016 Rosanne Hawke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is my favourite Glenda Millard book I think. The thoughtful reader eleven plus will have much to consider and enjoy.
May 08, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This delicately treats some adult themes such as death and mental health issues. Perhaps read it yourself first before reading to young children. It does end happily.
Ashley D--
Aug 17, 2013 Ashley D-- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be fair, I read the sixth one first so I already knew how this one would end before I started reading it. It lacked the emotional impact I thought it would have, which is part of why it doesn't have 5 stars. Also, the illustrations are cute, but kind of a mixture of Stephen Michael King's later illustrations and something by Quentin Blake.

I love the sensitive way Millard writes, and I like that the point of view shifts willy-nilly without being confusing. I'd definitely give these books to se
I've read this book so many times - sometimes to myself and often to Year 5s. Every. single. time I get to the bit where Tishkin discovers what has really happened, and I just cry and cry and cry - even when I'm reading it to kids. We used to have a code phrase for when I started to get upset. The kids would say to me, "Suck it up, Mrs F," and I would, and we would go on.
This is really one of the most moving, heartfelt, beautifully written, divine books you will ever read.
I recommend it to anyon
Dom Conlon
Mar 14, 2015 Dom Conlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, poetic and sensitive. I loved this.
Jan 26, 2011 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
In feel, it reminded me of Savvy, the slightly strange family and unique way of looking at the world. It's a touching little book. Griffin Silk goes to school for the first time and faces difficulties there for he's different. He finds a friend, however, who accepts him and his family for their eccentricities. With her support he's able to face the thing that hurts him most -- his baby sister and mother who have left him, each in her own way.
Feb 12, 2015 Nayuleska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will need lots of tissues!
Claudia  Fett
Griffin has to attend public school due to the fact that his mom is suffering from the loss of his baby sister. Griffin feels that he is somehow to blame. Griffin has a hard time fitting in at school until he is befriended by a kind girl named Layla. She helps Griffin find courage to secretly plan a Naming Party for his little sister and hope that his hospitalized mom will find the strength to come back home to her family. This book is for a mature individual in third, fourth or fifth grade.
Mar 24, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my 2nd Kingdom of the Silk novel. I read another, out of order because it was nominated for the CBC awards this year. Loved the other so much, I thought I had better start at the beginning. Glenda Millard is amazing. She tackles some big topics - but so beautifully. Such slim novels - but such warmth. Once again - ENCHANTING.

March 2015. Have just re-read this novel. Gorgeous book. Such a delicate topic (infant death syndrome) handled with gossamer thread.
Clare Cannon
Dec 04, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of our reviewers read this and said it was beautiful, their review: What a simple yet touching story! About an “uncommon” boy and his loving family, the mother he misses terribly, and a genuine friend who helps to make it better again.

Written in an engaging style and interweaved with expressive illustrations, it was an Honour Book in the Children's Book Council 2004. A good read for children aged 9-12 but will most certainly warm the hearts of mature readers too.
Feb 09, 2016 Małgorzata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: potential-books
It's a beautiful story about love and finding courage in a very difficult situation. Captivating, charming. Truly a must-read!
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Glenda Millard was born in the Goldfields region of Central Victoria and has lived in the area all her life. The communities she has lived in and the surrounding landscapes have provided a rich source of inspiration and settings for many of her stories.

It was not until Glenda's four children became teenagers that she began to write in her spare time. She is now a full-time writer.

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