My father and mother had to read this over & over and over to me when I was small. I remember really enjoying it. And the book was small and easy...moreMy father and mother had to read this over & over and over to me when I was small. I remember really enjoying it. And the book was small and easy for me to hold and look at the pictures too. One of a handful or two of books I remember enjoying from a very young age.(less)
This book came out when I was “too old for it,” so I first read it as an older kid & adult to younger kids. At first I thought it was too dark and...moreThis book came out when I was “too old for it,” so I first read it as an older kid & adult to younger kids. At first I thought it was too dark and didn’t enjoy it one bit, even though I noticed the young kids liked it, but the more I read it, the more I see it as a great mastery story. Brilliant book for scared children, and for angry children as well, which means perfect for every young child.(less)
These stories are a perfect way to introduce children to Shakespeare’s plays. I loved this book when I was 10, and I’m convinced it’s one of the main...moreThese stories are a perfect way to introduce children to Shakespeare’s plays. I loved this book when I was 10, and I’m convinced it’s one of the main reasons I was a Shakespeare fanatic well before I entered high school.(less)
This book is utterly delightful, sweet, and very smart. Emma-Jean is an endearingly strange (strange = extraordinary, remarkable, singular) character....moreThis book is utterly delightful, sweet, and very smart. Emma-Jean is an endearingly strange (strange = extraordinary, remarkable, singular) character. Colleen and the other middle school kids are also interesting, and I appreciate how the adult characters are more fleshed out than they are in some kids’ books. Emma-Jean's bird was yet another appealing character.
It's an almost perfect little book. I do have a slight quibble with how neatly certain events got wrapped up at the end, but I just love this book, and I fell in love with Emma-Jean.
I hope that there are more Emma-Jean books and this story would also make a wonderful movie if it was done right.
I've already brought the book back to the library, but I wanted to add that in the author's bio in the back inside cover of the book, she writes something about how we're all trying to communicate with one another and some of us have a more difficult time than others, and that message was part of what she was trying to convey in this book. She did a stellar job! (less)
This is a funny and heartfelt story of 8 children saving 8 turkeys, all ending up guests at their family’s apparently vegan Thanksgiving dinners. I appreciated that the kids were a multicultural bunch.
The poem has some hiccups but it’s still fun and enjoyable to read aloud.
The illustrations aren’t amazing, but they’re colorful and engaging, and a few are very amusing, and I think they’re fun.
Yes, the story is didactic, but it’s done with humor and heart, and I enjoyed it.
I would recommend this book for vegan and vegetarian children and families. I’d recommend it for all children but I can just imagine the parents in omnivorous families getting pestered by (some of) their kids after they’re read/listened to this book. Kids often care deeply about animals and this book might give them ideas.
August was a wonderful time for me to read this: no wait at the library and no Thanksgiving blues.(less)
Thank you Constance for introducing me to this very memorable book/series. You've provided an abundance of book pleasure; you’ve read so many children...moreThank you Constance for introducing me to this very memorable book/series. You've provided an abundance of book pleasure; you’ve read so many children’s books that aren’t esoteric, but were unknown to me and apparently to many others as well! Hope I can acquire/borrow all the books about the Marlow family; I see that they’re not easily found.
I have a feeling this first book might end up being my favorite. The author is a terrific storyteller and has created engaging characters. (And, like Madeleine L’Engle, I enjoy stories about 12 year old girls. I did when I was 12 and I do now.)
I so wish I had read this book when I was 12 or thereabouts. Would have been a good cozy comfort book for me at the time. I’ve always been fascinated with twins, and I’ve always wanted sisters & to be a part of a large family, and I could have really used this book for vicarious gratification. Even reading it as an adult, I did not want to put it down.
It’s a very well written book, although the word negligently was a tad overused in my opinion – only mentioning because it was so noticeable to me: it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book.
I loved how all the girls, including the twins, had very distinct personalities. I appreciated both the twin bond and how they also quarreled with one another. I correctly guessed some of what was coming up in the plot, something I don’t think I’d have done reading it as a kid, but that did not make reading the book any less satisfying for me.
Note: Never again will I be so smug by informing my friends what deprived childhoods they had because they had not read some of my favorite childhood books. Since I’ve been a member of Goodreads, I have discovered many children’s books that I somehow missed reading when I was a child. This is one. Betsy-Tacy another. Suspect I’ll find many more.
P.S. I got one with a different cover, and, as usual, I prefer the cover of the book I read.(less)