This is a book for older children (independent readers) and adults.
I think that it’s kind of brilliant.
I read it because of the illustrations and theyThis is a book for older children (independent readers) and adults.
I think that it’s kind of brilliant.
I read it because of the illustrations and they are glorious. Gorgeous. Intricate. Complex. Fun.
As a list maker (my mother was also a list maker) I really appreciated the quirky story. I love what I think is the message too, to leave room for spontaneity and things that aren’t already on the list(s).
So many funny lines (Sundays were listless. ha ha) and I love that the cat makes lists too, including viewing the list from the cat at the beginning of the book.
If you count reading the lists the Lizsts make, the book is text heavy for a picture book.
I loved this one.
If I look at it even remotely realistically, the unexpected thing that does come up is creepy and scary, but I took the entire story as tongue in cheek....more
Thanks to GR friend Crystal for letting me know about this book. I knew about this orchestra. I’d seen the 60 Minutes television story and had heard aThanks to GR friend Crystal for letting me know about this book. I knew about this orchestra. I’d seen the 60 Minutes television story and had heard about the movie and had seen them in the news.
The last 3 pages of this book upped it to 5 stars for me. More information, photos, resources, and I was happy to see that the publisher had made a donation to the orchestra/community.
The true story is 5 stars without question. The way it was told, even though interviews with the founder & conductor and one of the musicians made up the basis for a lot of the text, was good, but something seemed lacking to me. Perhaps I would have liked to read a full length book about these people and this orchestra. What was presented whetted my appetite for more. The illustrations are wonderful in that they perfectly fit the story and their intricacy is interesting. While beautiful and I love how much there is to view, I’m not wild about their style, though I appreciate how they’re more sophisticated than the illustrations in many other children’s picture books.
I’d say this book is best for school aged kids, perhaps 5-10 and then all the way up. It’s a story/book that can be appreciated by both children and adults.
Be prepared for questions and some discussion about poverty, garbage & recycling, musical instruments, etc.
Reading this I felt inspired and uplifted, and a bit sad too.
Highly recommended, especially for musicians and artists & craftspeople, those who like to learn about other cultures, teachers, those who like reading about real life creative solutions to problems, and all who appreciate stories about people who make a difference.
4 ½ stars, rounded up because of the importance of the story...more
It’s interesting to me that JFK books are still popular, and I was happy to find this children’s picture book about JFK’s 1963 trip to Ireland. TheseIt’s interesting to me that JFK books are still popular, and I was happy to find this children’s picture book about JFK’s 1963 trip to Ireland. These events happened just a few months before he was assassinated.
It’s a fictional story but heavily based on fact, and there is a short but informative non-fiction history section at the end of the book.
I was very touched by the story, as told through the eyes of a young boy. I felt his excitement and the excitement of the Irish people and of JFK prior to and during the visit.
The illustrations are wonderful. Big, bold, realistic, with just the subtlest muting of colors, done very effectively.
4 ½ stars
Note: I did find it interesting to read that in one of Kennedy's speeches there he said that Ireland wasn't the land of his birth but the place closest to his heart. (paraphrasing) I don't think a President could get away with that in today's world. ...more