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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
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Jun 10, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

There is nothing so open to exciting possibilities than the summer months to a twelve year old and Douglas Spaulding starts off summer by climbing up to his cupola and starts the summer off by switching on the life of the town he lives in... or so it appears. And therein are we treated to the idyllic and magical summer of 1928 through the eyes of Douglas, boy extraordinaire.

Douglas and his brother Tom the summer tracking all that is wonderful, exciting and even fearful with a sense of innocent wonderment that is truly beautiful to behold. The openness with which he embraces all that summer brings, the moment he realizes what it means to be alive, truly alive, sparks the heart of the reader and we follow him eagerly as he flings himself wholeheartedly into life. But this is also a summer where joy is mixed with sadness, when the thrill of new tennis shoes brings the speed of Hermes to the wearer and an elderly lady lets go of her past souvenirs accepting that she must live in the present, when 2 boys manage to rescue Mme Tarot from her evil warden and when one has to stay goodbye playing statues with his best friend.

There is nothing but magic in this book. It provides the reader with a time machine on which to travel to a more innocent and carefree time of their own childhood.
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