A BOOK REVIEW by Miss A: “The War that Saved My Life”

Miss A. did such a lovely job on this book jacket and review that I’ve decided to celebrate this reluctant reader’s new joy of the written word by occasionally sharing her thoughts on what she’s been reading. Our children’s librarian recommended “The War that Saved my Life” and we loved it so much that we bought our own copy to keep.  It turned out to be an extra timely selection because Miss A. and I will be traveling to England in June.  That’s where this story is set and because of the story Miss A. is now extra excited about the trip and hopes that we will be able to see an Anderson shelter.  I’ll have to see what we can do about that.  Anyway, here’s her review.  Happy Reading!

The War That Saved My Life

A Review

by

Miss A.

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is set in England during World War ll. Ada has a clubbed foot and she lives with her cruel mother and her younger brother Jamie. Soon after the story begins, Ada and her brother Jamie escape London so they won’t be bombed. Once Ada and Jamie arrive in the countryside, they stay with a woman named Miss Smith. Even though Miss Smith has never had children and is nervous about caring for them, she quickly grows to care for them. But Ada doesn’t understand this.

Instead, Ada is overwhelmed and confused. So, when Miss Smith tries to hug her, Ada thinks she’s trying to punch her. When Miss Smith gives Ada a compliment, she feels like she doesn’t deserve it because of her crippled foot.  When Miss Smith sews her a beautiful dress, she cries uncontrollably and can’t stop.  And,  just when she’s starting to accept Miss Smith’s love, her mother comes and forces them to return to London. Will Ada and Jamie be forever doomed to life with their cruel mother, or will they be reunited with Miss Smith?  You’ll have to read to find out.

I liked this book because it is very touching. When I read it I felt so emotional on the inside. My favorite part is when Ada makes a friend by a odd greeting. Her friend named Margaret fell off her horse and Ada helped her up and brought her home safely. I was rooting for Ada to meet a friend because she was so lonely. I felt so happy that Ada was finally able to feel what love and friendship is, not only with Margaret, but with Miss Smith too.

I give this book a 5 star rating because it’s sad, happy, and a little bit funny.  This book has such a good beginning and ending, that’s why I loved it. I laughed sympathetically when Jamie kept wetting the bed because he’s lonely. I cried when Mam came and took them and Miss Smith didn’t even wave goodbye. Finally, I was happy when Miss Smith came to save Ada and Jamie from the bombing. From the first page to the last, I recommend this book with all my heart!

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GOODNIGHT, MANGER Reviewed on KidLit TV Holiday Special!

 

Earlier this week GOODNIGHT, MANGER was reviewed by John A. Sellers, the children’s reviews editor at Publishers Weekly. The review was part of  KidLit TV‘s “2015 Holiday Children’s Book Special” which aired on STORYMAKERS, an entertaining KidLit TV talk show, hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book. His special guests for the holiday-themed episode were John A. Sellers of Publishers Weekly, Maria Russo, children’s book editor for the The New York Times, and John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu), Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic and former K-5 teacher-librarian.

The episode runs approximately half an hour but it is well worth the watch, so grab a cup of eggnog and cozy up for 3o fun-filled minutes of festive kidlit book talk!

If you don’t have time for the whole show, please take a peek at the GOODNIGHT, MANGER review which begins at 24:40 and runs about two minutes.

For a lovely introduction to the episode which includes descriptions and links for all the books reviewed, press here.

Finally, I want to thank KidLit TV for being such a fabulous resource for kid lit fans of all ages. Comprised of a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers, KidLit TV works creatively to bring great books to kids. Their self-described mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. They are doing a great job and have even been awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold Award! What a wonderful contribution they are making to the world of children’s literature!

 

FUN MAIL: First Grader Reviews GOODNIGHT, ARK (and the author!)

Last week, I received a note from a first grade teacher at Bloomingdale Avenue School.  In her note she explained that since March, when I visited her class, her students have been busy writing reviews of all sorts, including book reviews. And one darling first grader chose to write his book review about Goodnight, Ark!. “This was his choice to review your book,” she explained. “He did a great job.”  Well, I completely agree! He did do a great job and I especially enjoyed how he gave a bit of a review of the author as well. What fun! Thank you!

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GOODNIGHT, ARK: Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and More…

photoPlease grab a cup of tea and join me in a little celebratory clinking of the cups as we take a peek at some of the incoming reviews for GOODNIGHT, ARK.  Here are some excerpts.  For the full reviews, click the links provided.

“A fresh addition to the crowded shelf of Noah’s ark books.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“A breezy text kept afloat by the buoyant illustrations – —if only Mrs. Noah had been invited along for the ride as well.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully illustrated and filled with fun rhymes.” – By The Book (a blogger review)

“This is one book you will read over and over, for many years.” – It Takes A Book (a blogger review)