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Posted July 26, 2013
This was such an easy book to read. The words just flowed out of the pages. You could really feel the passion that Ms. Ashford had for those children in her care -- really all children. Reading the book, it was hard to picture a 90+ woman writing it, as the spirit and energy was of someone much younger.
As you can see from the Pearls of Wisdom above, she is very honest and down to earth, and I don't know of anyone who would not benefit from some of her advice. About the first 1/3 of the book was dedicated to her own childhood and how she came about deciding she wanted to be a nanny, as well as her training at Norland Institute. For the most part, the rest of the book is dedicated to the time she spent with some of her charges and their families. From humor to tragedy, she has experienced it all.
For some reason, and this is probably just the English flavor that the book had, but it reminded me of the books written by James Herriott and his experiences of being a vet. They just seemed to have the same rhythm and style and leave you with just a feeling of goodwill.
Posted April 4, 2013
Brenda Ashford spent 62 years working as a Norland Nanny. When I saw this book my first response was “She was like Mary Poppins!” My love for that movie is what made me pick up this book for review and I will be buying my own copy on release day. Now at 91 years old, Ashford shares her life story with us readers and it is riveting. From the moment Ashford held her little brother David to hiding in the shelter with her charges while bombs explode around her, you will be sucked in. This woman has lived an amazing life and not only does she share the story with us, but she gives us recipes and advice on child rearing based on her own experience. A Spoonful of Sugar is one of those literary treasures that will stick with you the rest of your life. Sorry Marry Poppins, you had it easy! Although I admit, Brenda Ashford’s life had some magic in it amidst the hardship and heartache. This was how it really was back then. Thank you to Providence Book Promotions and Doubleday for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.