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Cecil's Story by George Ella Lyon
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Nov 07, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This is my picture book for older readers. This is a story questioning what would happen if your dad went to the Civil War. It gives a lot of if-then statements such as if he got hurt, your mom would have to leave for him. It goes through sequence after that showing what what happen like after your mom left you would have to live with neighbors and help them. You don't know if he will come back alive, or if you will have to take the place of him and care for your mother.

There is not many words in this book, and a younger child could read the WORDS, but the reason this is for older readers is because the concepts. Younger students may not understand war, and it might upset them thinking of their dad going away and getting hurt. It does conclude with hope of him coming back and still being your "papa." It is a very good book to place kids in the shoes of a child at this time. They might not understand exactly what people went through during the Civil War, but this lets them see in the eyes of someone their own age the effects of the war.

The illustrations are paintings done by Peter Catalanotto. They fit the story very well and add a lot. The water colors are not extremely bright but is still interesting to look at. There are blurs instead of sharp lines and that fits very well.

I would recommend this for 4th grade.

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