YI Lee captured me with her storytelling abilities with her first book, The Shadowed Valley. I have all her books, including A Rat and a Ransom in pap...moreYI Lee captured me with her storytelling abilities with her first book, The Shadowed Valley. I have all her books, including A Rat and a Ransom in paperback. In Through a Glass, I turned the page and ended up reading until 4am! The entire story idea was very unique and not many can give such animated life to both four legged and winged friends as good as this author can.
In Through a Glass, it'd be hard for me to pick favorite characters, but I know that Stagman ranked right up there. The journey into beautiful, and some frightening cities was a page turner. The evil forest was a place I could picture so well. All that darkness and those dang trees! YI Lee does a great job at making the reader experience it all.
Irene, the main character, is an artist who ends up being transported into her painting. As the journey unfolds, there are lots of surprises, and the biggest one, I never saw coming at all. Faith is a theme throughout, and it was a breath of fresh air to witness love, deception, evil, goodness, and new friendships described so wonderfully. One of the characters I won't name, but I will always remember his beauty...
If only we could all soar like Zenith. I really wish this book was a series. It was hard to say goodbye to all the delightful characters. They worked as a team, and the plots were created by such a great imagination!
I will forever recommend this book. I can't wait until I can place this paperback beside the others! (less)
Birdie really does take the reader along with her on her Avon adventures. Being a mother I could instantly relate to towing two small children around...moreBirdie really does take the reader along with her on her Avon adventures. Being a mother I could instantly relate to towing two small children around like she did. Her descriptions in this novel were amazing and I had no problem picturing everything. I laughed at so many things. This book is definitely laced with a great comedian and I really enjoyed reading it. Besides the humor, Birdie is very real in this book and her customers will make you laugh. This is definitely a book I've recommended to friends. There is so much realism in this story. Birdie is a single mom just doing the best she can to make ends meet, hold onto her dreams, while at the same time, grieve over her past. A unique idea and a good read. (less)
Joyce Shaughnessy wrote an amazing story. A Healing Place literally takes the reader on a journey to experience Black Sunday and the horrible dust sto...moreJoyce Shaughnessy wrote an amazing story. A Healing Place literally takes the reader on a journey to experience Black Sunday and the horrible dust storms that wiped out so many people, destroying farms, livestock, anything in it's path. This is the first historical fiction I've ever read since high school, which was a long time ago lol. Now I know what I've been missing.
The Miller family is forced to face the loss of their farm, starvation, devastation, like I've never been witness to, and thank God for that. Through all of their hardships and trials, they never stopped believing in each other, the power of family, and they never once let their faith dwindle.
This was beyond just a history lesson for me. After their long journey, going from camp to camp to try to find work, food, and shelter, they end up in Texon, Texas. The author, according to her blog, actually lived there as a child so the details are quite believable. Just like her details throughout this wonderful, inspirational novel, could not only be seen vividly in my mind, but I felt like I was there. I could feel my skin crawl when they had to clean out the 4 inches of dust and dirt from their home, the many insects..The depression was the first devastation then on top of that, came Black Sunday.
I knew that the POW's in WWII were tortured by the Japanese. But through Jed, a character I fell in love with in the beginning, I felt such sorrow, compassion, and that part of the book, definitely gave me a knew respect for those who were and are in the service.
Lydia Lin has a wonderful way of sending messages to children. This book is no exception. Sweetie is a penguin who goes on an adventure instead of fol...moreLydia Lin has a wonderful way of sending messages to children. This book is no exception. Sweetie is a penguin who goes on an adventure instead of following the directions from his parents to go to bed and get some sleep. He finds himself meeting a new friend but gets in a dangerous situation in the meantime. His parents shoo the eagle away and bring sweetie back. There are some small activities at the end of Lydia's books that would help engage a child in some great learning conversations and activities. A great bedtime story for children! The illustrations are nicely done as well.(less)
Lydia Lin's illustrations are pretty cute in this story. This is a wonderful book for children. It teaches them that they're great just the way they a...moreLydia Lin's illustrations are pretty cute in this story. This is a wonderful book for children. It teaches them that they're great just the way they are, and they were made that way for a reason. She uses animals on a farm to bring this important lesson to view. A rooster doesn't like his legs, a dog doesn't like his snout, a cow doesn't like his tail..through their whining, a fairy appears and gives them what they ask for. In the end, they ask the fairy to change them back to the way they were. Children will learn a valuable lesson with this book and it definitely drives home the importance of self-acceptance. There are activities at the end, and this is one children's author you need to keep up with and incorporate into your reading time with a child.(less)