Picked up the book after seeing a trailer for the movie. I'm a big Mae Whitman fan so I was excited to read the story, knowing full well the age demoPicked up the book after seeing a trailer for the movie. I'm a big Mae Whitman fan so I was excited to read the story, knowing full well the age demo for this book. I'm seeing all the five stars everywhere but personally, I just didn't feel the love. Is my age showing? Haha. How terrible for me. I can see the appeal for younger audiences, it's just not for me. :)
Also, forgot to say that what I saw in the trailer? Was definitely different from what I just read. Is it just me or ...?...more
Took me a while to finish this, and I feel like this isn't Ms. Dahl's best work. I loved the idea of who Sophie was but there was just something off fTook me a while to finish this, and I feel like this isn't Ms. Dahl's best work. I loved the idea of who Sophie was but there was just something off for me, the way her character was developed. Even the ending seemed rushed for me, and I didn't feel like there was enough time to actually deal with the very heavy and serious issues presented, both from the past (the father and the mother's deaths, the self-development of the hero and the heroine) to the present (the mother's health issues, the hero's progress, family relationships, etc.)....more
I've been looking forward to reading Rose's story since I read Sage's. Admittedly, I really wasn't a big fan of hers then, but I was so intrigued by tI've been looking forward to reading Rose's story since I read Sage's. Admittedly, I really wasn't a big fan of hers then, but I was so intrigued by this woman, I truly wanted to learn what she had to endure in the past to be the woman she is now. I'm so glad I finally got to read her story, and Hunter's story as well (I kinda skip around in this series so I'm not familiar with how Hunt was presented in the other books). My heart broke into pieces, getting to know Uncle Hunt and Doctor Mom and their own crazy, lovable kids and seeing what they have to fight for in order to be happy. My heart was happy to see the hurts have started to heal and to learn that life, well, it really is a blend of Dickinson and Tennyson, and yes, even Dr. Seuss....more
**spoiler alert** I picked up this book having already known how gorgeous Oliver Jeffers' illustrations are. I had my preschoolers in mind when I brow**spoiler alert** I picked up this book having already known how gorgeous Oliver Jeffers' illustrations are. I had my preschoolers in mind when I browsed through the pages, although at the time I didn't really delved into it. So it was as much of a surprise for me as it was for the class when I started reading this story to them. It took us a long time - about forty five minutes, to get through the story, as we dissected and analyzed each word and looked at each of the amazing images. I tried to point out some things to then but for the most part, it was this group of inquisitive (much like the girl in the first Half of the story) four and five year olds who pointed out something they've discovered as the Girl and the Father went on their journey and exploration. We got to the empty chair and there was this hush and the kids knew. They gave me guesses about what happened, and we soldiered on and turned the pages as we watched the girl bottle up her heart. We talked about the how and the whys and the emotions that come with it, the good and the bad. Those kids were so open it felt like their hearts were laid out in the open too. Except they didn't bottle theirs. And isn't that something? They chose to talk about this difficult subject instead. And we got to put ourselves in the girl's shoes and try to feel how she felt. We went back to the past and we moved to the present when that girl had grown up and oh, the joy in their faces when that chair wasn't Emory anymore! I truly loved reading this book to my class. What an experience it was, to be able to deal with and delve into a sensitive subject such as this and be able to have an open discussion about security and emotions and life. And most importantly, love.
If you read this book, and YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY READ THIS BOOK, you'll probably find that it speaks to you personally as it will touch your heart and remind you of your own frailty and your own safety and your own happiness, and exactly how you cope with life and all its uncertainties and pain and loss. And I hope that you too find your bottle empty in the end, but not that chair. ...more