- Copertina flessibile: 137 pagine
- Editore: Two Lions (3 settembre 2010)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1935597280
- ISBN-13: 978-1935597285
- Peso di spedizione: 236 g
Celia and the Fairies (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 2 nov 2010
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Karen McQuestion’s essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. Originally self-published as a Kindle e-book, A Scattered Life became the first self-published Kindle book to ever be optioned for film. McQuestion lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.
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Going back to one's childhood day's bring's back so many wonderful memories and this book did just that.
I am sure that the youngsters who read this book will remember it forever and this story also sends an important message about being good vs being bad to children. I also could of played Grandmother Celia and relate stories like this to my children and grandchildren and hopefully my great grandchildren.
I am an avid reader of myster/light thriller,light romance but I have to say that after I read one of Karen's books I was and am absolutely hooked on the way she writes and when one of her books comes to Kindle I put aside my mystery book or whatever else I am reading and start on Karen's stories.
Another Great read Karen for the youngsters and the oldsters !!!! Keep them coming. If all your future stories equal the quality of the six that I have read of your's, I am going to start saying Ditto...Ditto...Ditto
I think my biggest criticism of the book is that some sections of it felt too adult to me. I don't mean this in the sense that the sections were objectionable, but that they discussed concepts that I felt would be beyond the ken of the targeted age group. In particular, I didn't feel that the parts of the book that dealt with corporate corruption were really on the mark for a young children's book. A theme like this would work in a book targeted to teenagers, but I felt like it would go right over the heads of younger children.
Another disappointment for me was with the relationship between Paul and Celia. Paul just didn't feel developed enough for me, so I had a sense that he was there more to drive the plot than to serve as a full character in his own right. I was also disappointed in the way Celia treated Paul. Paul was painted as a selfish, bossy child, but I just felt like the way Celia treated him was too mean. She does apologize, but I would have liked to see some self reflection on her part. I think it would have been a nice message for her to reflect on how her actions caused hurt feelings in someone else.
What I really liked about the book, though, was that it avoided the simplistic trap that most children's works seem to fall into: it did not divide the world into a distinct good/bad dichotomy. I really liked the message of compassion. I thought it was great that Celia's grandmother explained to Celia that no one is all good or bad, and that she introduced Celia to the idea that sometimes people do mean or bad things because they're misguided and not necessarily because they are mean or bad. I was very impressed with how Celia ultimately resolved her situation, and I would love to see more works take this nuanced a view of the "bad" guy.
Though the ending of the book was very strong and though I liked the ending a great deal, it just couldn't make up for the beginning and middle sections for me, which simply dragged. Had the whole book been like the ending, I would have rated it much higher.
I should have never doubted this author for a second. This is one of the most heartwarming and charming little fairy tales I've had the privilege of reading. I actually started it with my daughter but read ahead because I got so pulled into it. There's the mean old aunt next door, the little girl who's finding magic, the grandma who helps her find the way and... well, there's fairies, people! Fairies! Little human looking things with wings that fly around and glow! While set in the modern times, it had the feel of a story that had been retold before (not ripped off - that's not what I mean at all - but an old story told to little girls at bedtime).
McQuestion has, in all of her books that I've read, an amazing way of transporting you into her story. She makes the places and people come alive. I am pretty darn sure I've met Celia before, somewhere, somehow. Her writing really is THAT good.
I cannot wait to finish this book with my daughter. Her little eyes were all lit up while we were reading it. A note to parents though: If you have a kid (my daughter is 7) that is on the cusp of learning about Santa, etc, there's a line in there that might open up that discussion - depends on if you want it opened or not. I chose to change that sentence a bit myself. *laugh*
For the adults out there... this story will make you believe in fairies yourself. And in the author's talent for creating. To her, I owe a large "I'm very sorry for thinking it was going to suck". I shall never doubt again.
Very very highly recommended. I wish I could say more, but read the description, then go read the book. It's truly beautiful.