Re-read 7/26/13: Not my favorite Tiffany Aching, but I do think this book is important not only because it advances the storyline, but also because ofRe-read 7/26/13: Not my favorite Tiffany Aching, but I do think this book is important not only because it advances the storyline, but also because of several reasons: 1. Tiffany is experiencing growing pains as she develops into her witchhood. She is not always pleasant or easy to deal with. 2. She makes mistakes, as all of us do. The BEST thing about this is that Tiffany admits hers, then she FIXES them. SHE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY! (This is a great lesson for children/young adults who are too often exposed to spoiled special snowflakes in their reading.) 3. We also get to see Rob Anything and Jeanne Kelda's marriage partnership grow and change into something stronger. This rings so true. From much (anecdotal) evidence, that first year of marriage is very difficult and a time of adjustment for couples. I like the way Pratchett has them work it out; discuss, compromise, and ultimately become a stronger couple. To me, this book is their HEA. 4. I really enjoy the way Tiffany and Granny interact in this. That push/pull relationship with respect shown and given on both sides. Granny is so very Granny-ish and Tiffany is her own person with her own strengths and weaknesses. She learns from Granny, but holds her own. Witches deal with things. And they do what is necessary, even if it is unpleasant, or not necessarily what is wanted. 5. I like the way bullying and mean girls are included. I like the way Tiffany first sucumbs, then resolves it.
Lots to like...I'm enjoying re-reading this series. ...more
2nd read: 10/8/13 Not my favorite Tiffany Aching, but still great. This one is nice in showing the witches interacting as well as mo1st read: 12/12/08
2nd read: 10/8/13 Not my favorite Tiffany Aching, but still great. This one is nice in showing the witches interacting as well as more about the 'business' of being a witch.
Another thing I noticed this time around, and just realized that I really admire about Pratchett: Almost nothing is made, or said, about Tiffany's looks in these books. How rare is that?!? Tiffany's impact on her world comes from her abilities, and her strength of character-- not from her 'beauty' or lack of it. If anything, readers understand that Tiffany is fairly ordinary looking. I love that! And want to reiterate how rare that is to come across while reading books intended for younger readers. As well as how incredibly much MORE HEALTHY that is for developing minds....more
12/9/08 first read: I find it amazing how many important concepts Terry Pratchett manages to pack into this little 278 page book!
7/22/13: Reread. Love12/9/08 first read: I find it amazing how many important concepts Terry Pratchett manages to pack into this little 278 page book!
7/22/13: Reread. Love the way the rats develop their civilization: thinking, writing, teaching, learning, religion, protecting their future, and that of those weaker than themselves. Even hints of suffrage for females. Best of all is Darktan (and others) learning the responsibilities of leadership. As always with Pratchett, simple and fun--but deep down so very very wise.
Also: I really need to reread Watership Down. Wish I hadn't lost my copy somewhere. Argh!...more
7/13/13 Enjoying myself re-reading a lot of favorites from Diana Wynne-Jones this weekend. Sometimes her endings are weak, but this one is great and p7/13/13 Enjoying myself re-reading a lot of favorites from Diana Wynne-Jones this weekend. Sometimes her endings are weak, but this one is great and plotted perfectly. Love how everyone gets a happy ending....more