More of a girl book, I thought. Really pretty pictures. About a unicorn who really wants wings. Goes through different animals that have wings. Level...moreMore of a girl book, I thought. Really pretty pictures. About a unicorn who really wants wings. Goes through different animals that have wings. Level 1-2.(less)
Lots of flaps to lift. Good learning book. Has shapes, and colors and numbers. I wasn't overly fond of the pictures and thought it was just ok as I st...moreLots of flaps to lift. Good learning book. Has shapes, and colors and numbers. I wasn't overly fond of the pictures and thought it was just ok as I started it, but by the end of it I found myself liking it more... which is why it gets 4 stars instead of 3. Good book for toddlers and to help them learn(less)
Alright, so this book I read with a book club. So I'm going to explain the categories I placed this in that may be LESS obvious. First historical fict...moreAlright, so this book I read with a book club. So I'm going to explain the categories I placed this in that may be LESS obvious. First historical fiction. I say that because it's based on a family who leaves Russia around the time of Communist Russia. Also, with some of the ancient time stuff- there are stories about a Slavic priest who teaches his village to write. So there are hints of history thrown into a mostly fiction book. I say it's sci-fi, because without that qualification, to me, the whole place where they can travel through time becomes unexplainable. I guess it could just be magical, but it seemed more sci-fi to me.
With that said, I thought it was a very interesting and entertaining book. In our book club we mentioned how nudity seems to be a prevalent theme. I don't think it's that bad- it portrays vulnerability and new beginnings and is brought up as a way that the princess notices that he is Jewish. It also leads to an interesting scenario that is used against him as part of the plot and wouldn't have happened if he weren't naked.
There are some cuss words, but they always seemed appropriate instead of just thrown in there for fun. I'll say, with only reading his books about the women in the Bible I was more surprised by the language than the nudity. The nudity seemed weird but it was not uncomfortable. It just seemed, at first, to be an odd detail.
It is because of the nudity and the language that I'm not qualifying it as YA-fiction. I don't think I care if my future children read it in high school but I wouldn't qualify it as YA fiction considering. For parents, sex is obvious when it happens but no details are given. It is not in there as a means to enjoy the sex scene, but enough details are given that you know that they have finally "sealed" their marriage. Also with the ancient part of the text there is some focus on an heir being important. The nude scenes are more humorous than crude. With that, be the judge for your own children.
I really enjoyed the book. However, my biggest criticism is that the beginning was slow for me. To me it was similar to the first Fablehaven book. I really enjoyed that one too, but since it was his first book, he took too long getting into the heart of the story. I enjoyed all the stuff leading into the actual plot. Like the mini-puzzle they had to figure out before finding the world of fantasy where the story would begin. I felt this book was similar. It's not that I didn't enjoy the first part of the book, but I thought it was too much set up. The first part of the book made me think it was a historical fiction novel with no "Enchantment" at all. I mean it hints at it, but then he leaves that side of the world to come to America. Too many chapters were devoted to setting up the novel before actually entering the world of fantasy. I was especially disappointed that it took Card that long, seeing as how it's NOT his first published novel. In book club, we learned that he likes this novel best, and I think he loved his research too much, that he included too much of it in the first part of the book before delving into the meat of the story.
Another good point this book makes is in the importance of writing and keeping records, and the power of the written word. I thought that was a great element to the book. (less)
Cute! I must say, I'm a fan of Clifford as a small puppy. One of my favorite Clifford books :) Good for level one readers and especially good around H...moreCute! I must say, I'm a fan of Clifford as a small puppy. One of my favorite Clifford books :) Good for level one readers and especially good around Halloween. :)(less)
I enjoyed this book and I found it very interesting. I read a review about it though that said, how much do you care about grammatical errors and typo...moreI enjoyed this book and I found it very interesting. I read a review about it though that said, how much do you care about grammatical errors and typos? I don't usually care too much about them, although I do notice them more and more.... but, this book corrects things that could've been as simple as a typo, or a missing hyphen, or something like that. So with this book, although I found it interesting, it lost some of it's credibility with me as being true because of the errors.
Still very entertaining and interesting, but I'd be inclined to do my own research before quoting it as fact to someone else.
One part said something about Mormons believe... and being a Mormon I want to take the time to correct it. There was one other clip, (after that clip in the book) that I also didn't agree with but I'm having problems finding it. Anyways, the Mormon clip:
"According to the Mormon religion, anyone who isn't Mormon is called a Gentile--anyone, So in essence, in Utah, even Jews are considered Gentiles."
The Mormon's Bible Dictionary says, "The word gentiles means the nations, and eventually came to be used to mean all those not of the house of Israel... As used throughout the scriptures it has a dual meaning, sometimes to designate peoples of non-Israelite lineage, and other times to designate nations that are without the gospel, even though there may be some Israelite blood therein...." So, by ONE definition yes, even Jews are considered gentiles- because they are without the full gospel as we see it. By this scriptural definition (used in the Bible) Jews would also be considered gentiles to all Christians, as they do not have the fullness of the gospel through Jesus Christ- the difference is, that isn't preached in other Christian churches. But there is also the other definition, by which Jews are most definitely not considered to be gentiles, as they are of the house of Israel. Jews are not the only tribe of Israel, they are just the only tribe that has continued to remain intact and wasn't scattered.(less)