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Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
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May 05, 2010

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Sad, touching memoir of a family finding their way after the death of Amy: daughter, wife, sister, friend, and mother, as told by her father. It's not overly sad and is, actually, hopeful especially for the young children left behind. This is the kind of family we all wish for - strong, supportive and loving. One feels sure that though Amy's death will always color their lives, the family members will all survive intact.

My one quarrel with this book is near the end when Amy's brother, Carl is trying to teach his young son, Andrew about the concept of human fallibility. Andrew disagrees and cites Eric Carle " and illustrator of one of his first books, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" as never making a mistake. Is this supposed to be irony? Eric Carle is the illustrator but you won't find the book under that heading in any library - since the author is Bill Martin Jr. Wouldn't one author be sensitive to another by checking the facts? Shouldn't his editor have caught that? Am I being too picky? Maybe it's the Children's Librarian in me.
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message 1: by Edith (new)

Edith YES, indeed. His editor should have caught that. One of their jobs is to catch and correct mistakes just like that. You are not being too picky; crediting authorship is ALWAYS important. (And by the way, this was one of my children's favorite books when they were young; I made up a little tune and we used to sing our way through the book!)

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