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Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
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Oct 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: caldecott, childrens-illustrated
Read in October, 2011

It's a story about some children who spend the summer living in a vacation home on an island. It shows them exploring the terrain of the island, playing with local kids, sailing, swimming, and preparing and surviving a hurricane. Some of the illustrations are magical, but some are boring. In fact, the book as a whole (except for the hurricane) tended towards boring. It was too long. Also, the story was in second person (the reader is the one sailing and playing and exploring), but the illustrations show two little white girls. This was a poor choice because A)the reader is not a child; B)the reader is not white; C)the reader is not a girl. That knocks out a huge percentage of potential readers. It would have been better either to not show any people (to let the reader insert himself/herself into the story) or to not have the story in second person.

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