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Author: Virginia Stussy

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Publisher: PublishAmerica,

Material: paperback

Summary: This collection of eight short stories provides elementary school children with a way to vicariously experience the world, both real and imagined. These short stories draw on the things children love to dream about.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Virginia Stussy’s dramatic and overdone writing makes the most average things sound amazing, and while her optimism is brightening, it can be irritating at times. However, the book is written in a picture book tone, making it an acceptable choice for young readers growing out of picture books. It also introduces many cultural concepts like angels, holidays, nature and imagination. Stussy adds details which enhance the scenery and she recognizes the awe that little children have for everyday life. The book may be confusing at first because some stories may seem unfinished and abruptly discontinued, but that is her charm; the reader may continue the story in his or her head! Borrowing the book instead of buying it is recommended. depending on the reader, s/he may fall in love with it, or hate its never-ending cheerful writing.

Adult Reader Reaction: The reader will be quickly engaged by the simplicity of the stories, while the variety of the stories will excite the reader’s curiosity and imagination.

Pros: These are stories that children will remember well into their adult life.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. Parents and teachers of elementary school children will find that the stories catch the reader’s imagination and contain meaningful life lessons.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A CABIN IN CRIPPLE CREEK (Children of Colorado Series)   THE TALES OF TIPTOES LIGHTLY  

Educational Themes: The stories in this book are imaginative and engaging. They provide enjoyment, as well as, food for thought and discussion. It is a wonderful and simple source book for parents and teachers to capture a young child’s imagination and stimulate her/his problem solving ability.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: fiction - short stories, family, anthology, life lessons, anthology

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2007, July 2010

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