Okay, this book is absolutely adorable. It’s great fun and I would recommend it to children, for independent readers and reading aloud to groups and oOkay, this book is absolutely adorable. It’s great fun and I would recommend it to children, for independent readers and reading aloud to groups and one to one.
I admit that throughout the story I was very concerned for the bear because things don’t go well for bears when they’re in close proximity to human habitats.
But I loved the twist ending, and even before it, I was softly chuckling to myself on many pages.
The best thing about this book is its illustrations. The pictures are lush and beautiful and colorful, with just the right amount of realism.
As a vegan and thinking of vegan children, I was grateful that the contents of the sandwich weren’t revealed (because it would have likely contained animal products) and that berries were the only food specified....more
Someone lent me this book. I had though I’d probably already read it, most likely when it came out in 1982, and when I got to a pReread 8/18-8/19/2016
Someone lent me this book. I had though I’d probably already read it, most likely when it came out in 1982, and when I got to a particular page I knew I had. I might even own a copy. I have some books tripled up so it might be in the back somewhere. I also know I saw the tv movie of the book The Acorn People, also by this author, and I might have read that book too. I continued with the reread so I’d know how to rate it. I read the book so long ago, probably nearly three and a half decades ago, that I needed to jog my memory, and I was basically enjoying reading it so I continued. I reread it over a 24 hour period. It’s a short book and a fast read.
I always enjoy San Francisco settings in books, and here I also knew the workplace the author describes. I knew the place, the general time period, and I’m more than 50% certain I recognized one or two or three of the kids described in the book, or some of the kids he used for composite characters.
Because of that I found it a bit of a sad read, but that was okay.
I notice very few readers have shelved it at Goodreads. It is an old originally published in paperback book, decades old, and likely out of print, so that’s not surprising. The book has very low ratings, and I guess I understand that too, but maybe because of my particular circumstances, I really liked it. Prior to my rating/review at Goodreads the book had no written reviews and only 4 ratings, one 4 star, one 3 star, and two 2 star. While 11 members have shelved the book at LibraryThing, apparently they’re all on the to read shelf, as there were no ratings/reviews before mine....more
Full disclosure: Not only did I win this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review but in fall 1972 I tookFull disclosure: Not only did I win this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review but in fall 1972 I took a college class, Modern American Novel, and the author was the professor. (I rarely feel old but between this book and my next book, about the Altamont concert, I'm feeling kind of old, or at the least long-lived.)
I read a not for sale uncorrected proof paperback advance edition that has 280 pages. I read it over 14 days, taking my time because I was reading it concurrently with a novel and other materials. I'm thinking I should have waited for a library copy edition, the finished hardcover, but I might not have borrowed it in the very near future, and I do enjoy advance copies. I have reserved a copy at the library to read any content changed from or not included in my unfinished edition.
First the good because overall I enjoyed this very much: I love the storytelling that goes on all the way through and that frames the jokes. The author’s personal stories and the historical accounts are interesting. I appreciated the writing style, the chattiness of it, and felt as though I was with the author being told stories, and that was fun. Very engaging and entertaining!
I loved most of the jokes.
I was surprised by how many of the jokes I knew. I’d heard most of them. While I rarely actually laughed as I read, I was highly amused and found the book extremely enjoyable. I equally enjoyed the jokes I already knew and those I was hearing for the first time.
The negatives for me were enough to deduct slightly more than one star from a book I might otherwise have rated 5 stars. While the personal stories were a plus, especially of the author’s early years but more current ones as well, I found the incessant name-dropping annoying. I was almost literally rolling my eyes, frequently. Many of the names will be known to most as they are very famous people and others are locally well known. I suspect that the publisher thought that mentioning all these people, friends and interviewees of the author, would be a plus in the book’s sales. I would have preferred much less content about famous people. I felt that most of the time doing so was completely unnecessary for presenting the jokes and stories about their backgrounds. I’m not saying that sometimes it wasn’t a fun presentation technique, but there was way too much of it for me. I’m not sure that I always notice name-dropping but here it was impossible to not notice. That is the main negative for me. The second negative is that I wish it had delved even deeper, especially with general history and with psychological meanings and how they pertain to Jewish humor and to specific jokes. There is some of that but not as much as I’d expected, and most of it was common sense. There was no analysis I found earth shattering or that even provided much information new to me. I thought I’d learn more than I did. A third issue is the misspellings, but it is an advance copy so I can forgive all, except that the last name of one of the author’s friends is misspelled, and not just in the book proper but also in the Acknowledgements section at the end. I hope all the spelling errors will be corrected in the final for sale edition of the book.
I am Jewish but I was raised not only without religion but also without the Jewish culture. Most of what I learned when young about Judaism came from reading about Jews and Jewish history and reading books by Jewish people, and from two friends who were raised in observant Jewish homes. And yet I feel very Jewish. I do miss the application my city’s Jewish Community Center used to have for their gym, the boxes where a religion was chosen. Only about ½ the members are Jewish but there were many choices for what kind of Jewish an applicant was affiliated with, and one of the options which I always chose was “just Jewish” which is how I feel. Given my lack of background I was a bit surprised by how familiar the jokes were to me. I don’t know if that’s because of my many Jewish friends or because Jewish humor has made its way into the mainstream. I’m assuming it’s the latter.
I finished the book 6 days prior to its official publication date and am posting this review 5 days before it will be available for sale. I feel lucky to have been able to read it early, and I’m glad that I read it. I can definitely recommend it to readers who are interested in its topic.
Contents: Introduction I. Jewish Mothers & Jewish Grandmothers II. Sex & Marriage III. Schlemiels & Schmucks IV. Yiddish, Generations, & Assimilation V. Celebrations VI. Suffering VII. Separate & Distinct Conclusion and Outtakes Acknowledgments
ETA: There are also many other books mentioned in this book, and some of them are likely to go on to my bloated to read shelf. ...more
Very text heavy! It’s definitely more of a history book than an art book, though samples of its art is includeds. I read this at the same time that IVery text heavy! It’s definitely more of a history book than an art book, though samples of its art is includeds. I read this at the same time that I read a more art heavy book about the same fair: Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition. (I did not read every word of this book as I usually do, but I read enough to get a lot out of reading it and to have an opinion worth sharing.)
I do love World’s Fairs. The only two I’ve attended are the 1964 New York, U.S.A. World’s Fair and the 1986 Vancouver, B.C., Canada World’s Fairs, both on numerous visits over many days/weeks....more
Shame on me for missing the museum exhibition! This catalog is the next best thing, and it’s a book I wish I could own. It contains lots of art I loveShame on me for missing the museum exhibition! This catalog is the next best thing, and it’s a book I wish I could own. It contains lots of art I love, many pieces and even artists new for me, and I enjoyed much of it. I have always had interest in the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair, but even though I’ve hung out a lot at the Palace of Fine Arts and the area over the years, I hadn’t been so curious about he 1915 Exposition. I’m glad I read this and viewed this book and now know a lot more about it. Its history is interesting, as are what it featured. This hardcover book is ridiculously heavy, even for an art book, and trekking it from and back to the library was a chore; reading a paperback edition might have been preferable. I read this book at the same time as I read a history heavy book about the same fair: San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. (I did not read every word of this book as I usually do, but I read enough to get a lot out of reading it and to have an opinion worth sharing.)...more