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How one family fought the myth that you have to destroy childhood in order to raise extraordinary adults.
Posted June 4, 2012
Contrary to what the one-star reviewer believes, Diana Holquist IS a successful novelist (you can search for her on B&N—she also publishes under the name Sophie Gunn—and no, I am not Diana Holquist, or even her mother, but I have read and enjoyed several of her books). "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter," however, is not a novel but a charming portrayal of a mother/daughter relationship that does not depend on bashing anyone's culture: it merely encourages U.S. parents to look at their strengths as well as their weaknesses.
If you disagree with the advice, you may still enjoy the story of Diana's emotional journey and her daughter's distinctive voice. Personally, I think this book is on to something: an intense focus on externals (e.g., admission to an Ivy League school) can not only blind a parent to the importance of internal growth and values but place a great deal of stress on the kids who must live up to such high expectations. Long-term, the kids' relationships with those parents also suffer. I'm glad to see this fresh angle on a debate that often seems sadly misguided. Well worth $3.99!
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Posted May 12, 2012
This author starts off her argument by simply spitting back the opening of Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother. She criticizes the parenting styles of said book, but doesn't convince this reader that she actually read the whole book, especially the turning point & conclusion. I assume she simply wants to justify her way of parenting when she feels that she has been attacked through someone elses' writing. This reader also can't take her writing too seriously since in the opening pages she touts herself as a "successful novelist", yet this book has been published through Smashwords, a self publishing group. Sorry, but this reader will not go beyond the free sample on Nook.
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Posted August 8, 2013
Do NOT let the 2 poor reviews prevent you from reading this gem. I suspect they were posted by Tiger Mothers. I have 2 happy, well-adjusted, straight A teenagers who were minimally scheduled and maximumly encouraged to pursue their own joys. Both found sports they love and excel at, but have free time to roam on our property and help around the house. The author is espousing an idea that is the not a new one-most of us in our 40's grew up this way, and most of us are happy, successful adults. It's 3.99-give it a try. You will learn something.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2013
Posted January 12, 2012
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