I bought and read this book because I’m a huge Julie Andrews fan. I also love orphan stories; I’ve even designated a Goodreads shelf for orphan books.I bought and read this book because I’m a huge Julie Andrews fan. I also love orphan stories; I’ve even designated a Goodreads shelf for orphan books. Anyway, this one really touched my heart and it’s a really well written and interesting story. Deserves to be a classic....more
I first read this book when I was 19 and I loved it; it immediately became one of my favorite books, even though I went through a long bout of writersI first read this book when I was 19 and I loved it; it immediately became one of my favorite books, even though I went through a long bout of writers’ block that I attribute to my reading of it. I think that it’s a truly brilliant novel (and I really felt for Sylvia Plath when I found out that upon publication it got scathingly poor reviews). It’s hilarious and tragic and I so empathize with the protagonist. Like many first novels, it’s a thinly veiled biographical work. I know that a lot of people pick up this book because they are fascinated by Plath’s suicide, but I think that it stands on its own, even without any knowledge of the author. Incredibly well written story of a talented young women going through a mental breakdown....more
I read this book for my fall freshman year of college, for an English lit course, and it made a huge impression on me. I think I’ve reread it only oncI read this book for my fall freshman year of college, for an English lit course, and it made a huge impression on me. I think I’ve reread it only once, and that was decades ago, but it remains a powerful influence.
I think that this book does a better job than any other I’ve read of communicating the innocence of young children and of portraying how their perceptions of events can be different from those of adults.
The writing style is lovely and the book is very well written, the characters’ personalities and actions seem genuine, and the story is simple but compelling. The plot isn’t what’s most important here; what’s central is mood and the exceptionally astute psychological insights the reader gets into the characters.
I think the story probably resonated with me to the extent it did because my mother died when I was young, although not nearly as young as the brother and sister in this book. However, the gorgeous language and style would have been memorable no matter what the plot. ...more
This is one of the few books I read for high school English classes that I didn't love. I detested it, actually. My lack of enjoyment reading this booThis is one of the few books I read for high school English classes that I didn't love. I detested it, actually. My lack of enjoyment reading this book is probably, in part, because I had to read it for an advanced English Shakespeare class. The teacher decided to add this book to our reading list, otherwise consisting of many of William Shakespeare's brilliant plays, which I loved. I couldn't feel any empathy with Becky Sharp and didn't like a thing about her. I'd like to think that if I read this book today I'd be able to sympathize with her a bit, but I'm not convinced. This is one of many books I probably should reread, but I doubt that I ever will....more
Book about civilized boys stranded alone on an island and how many of them change for the worse when no longer bound by the trappings of their old civBook about civilized boys stranded alone on an island and how many of them change for the worse when no longer bound by the trappings of their old civilized culture. Horrifying with graphic violence. But I really liked it when I read it at about age 13. What’s interesting is I really remember enjoying reading it and being absorbed in the book, but I read it only once. Especially back then, it was unusual for me to read a book I enjoyed only once. Think it was just too intense for me. Would be interesting to go back and reread it, but there’s just too many other books that I now want to read. ...more
I read and reread this book when I was 12, 13, & up. I really enjoyed the high jinks of the 2 teenage friends in a Catholic girls’ boarding schoolI read and reread this book when I was 12, 13, & up. I really enjoyed the high jinks of the 2 teenage friends in a Catholic girls’ boarding school. It’s great fun, and it made me both laugh and cry. ...more
This was one of my favorite books the year I was 12. (My very favorite - from age 12 on - was probably To Kill A Mockingbird.) The book was a ChristmaThis was one of my favorite books the year I was 12. (My very favorite - from age 12 on - was probably To Kill A Mockingbird.) The book was a Christmas present that year. I reread it multiple times, and have reread it periodically over the years.
It was unique for its time, of telling a story about Native Americans where they weren’t portrayed as perfect or as evil, but simply as human beings.
I still have my original very worn copy. Just checked and it is in print and that's great because it’s a terrific story.
It’s about a nine year old girl and her five year old sister and how, after their family is killed by members of a tribe of Comanche Indians, they’re kidnapped and adopted as members by different families in the tribe. The story is told from the older girl’s viewpoint. It’s a real epic as her story, and that of the tribe, is followed well into her early adulthood. Both the characters and plot are very well developed in this book.
It’s the book that sparked my interest in Native American history.
This was my favorite book the year I was 12; I read it that year too many times to count. It remains a favorite book of mine. (I’d already seen the moThis was my favorite book the year I was 12; I read it that year too many times to count. It remains a favorite book of mine. (I’d already seen the movie when I was 9 or 10, and while it’s an excellent movie, I highly recommend the book.) It’s not a dated story if you think of it as a period piece. I love the bright, early reader Scout and her ethical lawyer loving father Atticus. Many other interesting characters as well, including the neighbor determined to get off drugs before she died-that one stuck with me. This is the best book ever about the power and consequences of making morally correct choices and living with integrity. Beautifully written with great descriptions of southern life in depression era America. This is an extraordinarily intelligent coming of age story, told from a child's point of view.
ETA: After my last reread (I still can’t attempt to write a good review but) I wanted to add: I always forget how funny this book is; it’s very funny. Scout is a hoot. Also, I get something new from every reread! It’s a masterpiece. The movie is great too, but the book is a masterpiece. I suspect when I read it at age 12, I identified with having an older than average father. This time I liked Miss Maudie and Jem more than I ever have before, although Scout and Atticus remain my favorite characters. I can’t write a good review of this; it’s too important a book to me. Ditto the 3 other books I’ve also read more than 100 times....more
I adored this book and read it many times when I was 11 & 12 years old. It's about siblings who get separated from their parents and with ingenuitI adored this book and read it many times when I was 11 & 12 years old. It's about siblings who get separated from their parents and with ingenuity and courage, find their way back home by themselves. Unfortunately, it's out of print now....more
I just found this again in the What’s the Name of That Book? group, first posting there 2- years ago, and a member finally helped me find it. I have aI just found this again in the What’s the Name of That Book? group, first posting there 2-½ years ago, and a member finally helped me find it. I have a library copy right now; I needed to see it to make sure it was the book I was remembering.
All I can say is that I was obsessed with this book when I was 11 and 12 years old. (We’re talking 1964-1965.) There was one particular library I went to about once a week and I’d spend time there and also borrow books. During those two years every visit there I either read the book or borrowed the book.
Looking at it now I see one reason I probably liked it was that I also felt vulnerable then, and probably identified with 13 year old Jonica, whose father misbehaves to the point that he is banished. Jonica is headed for the poor house but a family takes her in to work for them as an indentured servant, which sounds horrible, but the family turns out to be nice and she is treated relatively well, and there is an especially satisfying ending.
I love the illustrations and map. I guess I appreciated maps in books even way back then.
Anyway, I haven’t decided whether or not I’m actually going to reread this. It remains so meaningful for me and I don’t want to jeopardize that....more
Although this was a survival story of a self-sufficient girl, while I was reading it and in memory, I remember I felt incredibly lonely for her. I felAlthough this was a survival story of a self-sufficient girl, while I was reading it and in memory, I remember I felt incredibly lonely for her. I felt so lonely and sad that I was not able to truly enjoy the story. I liked it but couldn’t love it. Maybe that’s a good recommendation for how the story was so beautifully told, but I can’t give it more than 3 stars....more
I read all of these separately when I was 9 and 10. (I went through the Bobbsey Twins series first; I graduated to adult mysteries when I finished theI read all of these separately when I was 9 and 10. (I went through the Bobbsey Twins series first; I graduated to adult mysteries when I finished these.) I doubt that they'd hold up for today's young girls, even though I know changes have been made, but I loved them as a kid....more
This review is from my rereading this book in June 2009, about 45 years after I first read it. I found it on my Goodreads friend Constance’s shelf anThis review is from my rereading this book in June 2009, about 45 ½ years after I first read it. I found it on my Goodreads friend Constance’s shelf and only then remembered it at all. Oh, I so wish I’d kept track over the years of all of the books that I’ve read. This one was so great and I know there are many others like it, many that I no longer remember at all. (When I was reminded of it I remembered this one well enough to assign it four stars, which is what I’d assign it now too, so I did get that right, but I didn’t remember it well enough to review it until this rereading.) This finding of a long ago book both makes me happy (I got to enjoy it again) and sad (I lost so many family and personal books growing up and the majority of my read books were always borrowed books and I wish I remembered them all and had some sort of record such as that which we can keep at Goodreads.)
I immediately recognized the illustrations that begin each chapter and remembered the story right away too, but I didn’t remember the exact details of the ending, so it was really fun to read this again.
This book is well written book and it is a wonderful, tame adventure story. There’s an orphan and Scotland and the sea, so much of interest.
It’s about Cathy, who’s spunky, resourceful, somewhat self reliant, clever, altruistic, and good-hearted. I love how she takes matters into her own hands and takes a risk in order to get what she wants so desperately. However, she’s very real, far from perfect; she has a temper, she’ll lie, borrow without permission, and break rules. I love the parts with just Cathy on her own, but enjoyed even more her adventures with Sovra and Ian. The three children together are very appealing.
I did and do understand Cathy’s longing for family. I’m sure at the time I first read it the surname Kennedy held some attraction for me. It must have been shortly after J.F.K.’s assassination and he was the first politician I’d ever had any interest in, especially after his death.
Well, this book is nowhere near as bad as Heidi re food, with that one causing me to crave cheese and bread every time I read it, but this book made me hungry: all that outdoor eating, and it especially made me want bread and butter, so I went out and bought some Earth Balance spread (a vegan margarine that tastes almost exactly like butter) which is something I normally buy only for the November/December holidays.
Goodreads is a wonderful place: I am so grateful to Constance, who allowed me to reconnect with this very worthwhile book. Thank you Constance!
I’m pleased to see that this deserving book is back in print. ...more
This was one that I enjoyed as a kid, although it was never a favorite book. I took a look at my copy and I don’t think it holds up. I would not recomThis was one that I enjoyed as a kid, although it was never a favorite book. I took a look at my copy and I don’t think it holds up. I would not recommend it for today’s kids. There are so many good children’s books out there, including many classics whose appeal is enduring....more
I read this book for the first time when I was nine, and unlike many books I loved back then I believe I read it only once or twice. I just reread it,I read this book for the first time when I was nine, and unlike many books I loved back then I believe I read it only once or twice. I just reread it, finishing on 2/25/11, for a March 2011 discussion for the Children's Books group’s Fiction Books Club, one of the months chosen to read a classic vs. contemporary book. I’d remembered enough to give it 5 stars but not enough to review it, though I recalled the gist of the story well enough. I’m so glad I reread it now, nearly a half century after my first reading!
I have no idea which library edition(s) I read as a child. I own a nondescript paperback edition. I bought the Norton critical edition but didn’t have time to read it for the group discussion. This Tasha Tudor illustrated edition was the book I was able to borrow from the library so this is the edition I read for my reread, the first in decades. And I did enjoy the illustrations.
I should probably have thought more carefully and waited at least a short time before I wrote a review, given that I’ve already waited nearly a half century, but I felt like writing a bit down when the reading experience was fresh in my mind.
I’m in danger of waxing rhapsodic. It’s not my favorite book/children’s book, but it’s a comfort read for me and I enjoyed it enough for it to make my favorites shelf.
Despite some anachronisms, a last chapter that doesn’t impress me as much as I would have hoped, this remains an almost perfect book for me, and therefore I’m ill equipped to write a decent review.
It’s a very well written story.
I feel great fondness for Mary, for Colin, for Dickon, for Susan Sowerby (Dickon’s mother), Martha, Ben Weatherstaff, and even Dr. Craven. I don’t think I appreciated any of them as a child as much as I do now.
I particularly loved the robin, and I did also when young. I was used to seeing them from my bedroom window and around the neighborhood and liked them at least as much as I did the hummingbirds.
I’d forgotten how there is not just flora therapy but fauna therapy too, and I was smitten with all the animals. Vivid memories from childhood came to mind as I was reading; I think most children who have access to it (I did) are often attuned to the natural world.
While it’s not unique to tell a story of healing (emotional and physical) through nature or through tending to and caring for others/plants/animals, this story does so in such a lovely way, with such immediacy I sometimes felt as though I was right there, within its pages.
What’s not to love, at least for me?! Secrets, gardens, nature, animals, friendship, hope, self-determination, nurturing, and some intangible qualities, so much that seems to leap off the pages of this book.
It’s funny but during this reading I noticed some of what could be considered current new age thinking and beliefs, and those usually drive me up the wall, but here, it’s believable and soothing and exhilarating and magical. I love how Colin uses the word “Magic” and how it’s understood and accepted by those around him. I appreciate how this book shows that the most simple things and joys are extraordinarily ordinary, and necessary for humans to flourish.
I think I appreciated the whole book even more now that I am an adult. It touched me enough that I put it on my favorites shelf. It doesn’t surprise me a bit that this classic has survived and thrived....more