A timeless tale for old and young,
November 7, 2013
By A. Jardine “Nancy Jardine” (Scotland)
“I was given a copy of this book to write an honest review.”
This was an interesting novel in that from the outset it made me curious about which age group the story was targeted to, though there was no reference that I could discern.
There’s an innocence about it which makes it seem more relevant to a younger readership, yet the story itself covers material that is for a universal age group – that of the greed of man in particular, and of hope and love. As explained in the blurb, the novel is an amalgam of many older stories, garnered from traditional fairy stories and religious texts.
This traditional mixing I felt worked very well, making me eager to see what the author would weave in next– and it was certainly a very novel way of approaching that ‘over the rainbow’ concept. The game of the leprechauns plunged the story out of antiquity and into the modern realm – which I found both endearing and humorous, and which just might gain the attention of some more reluctant readers.
The very well executed writing has a lyrical quality that would appeal, I think, to many young listeners as well as to young readers.
As an ex-teacher of 11-12-year olds, I think kids of that particular age group would enjoy using this book as a ‘paired reader’ with younger children in their school. By that age, the older ones should be able to explain the sources pretty well. Very enjoyable reading…
“Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness” by Thomas Jerome Baker is an odd but very enchanting selection of stories. I was captivated by the magic that transpires through the stories.
Blending biblical, religious and folklore themes a story teller and a little one talk in an endearing and wonderful fashion with each other, covering the big flood, Leprachauns and Cloud Number Nine.
For me the combination of themes worked rather well, the warmth between the two characters and the teaching relationship was sweet and lovely. Explaining the beginning of mankind and its evolution was full of philosophical and stimulating thoughts about love and what it is to be human. Magical…
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