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Posted November 20, 2011
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite
"Curiosity with a Capital S" by Tonya Trimble is written with the 8-12 year olds in mind, but I feel even adults would enjoy this book. It¿s the story of Tracy Newton who in the process of moving from her home to a condo finds her old journal up in the attic. As she reflects she travels back to the years of 1942-43 to a time when her family moved from Oklahoma to South Carolina during WWII. Tracy idolized her brother Stan and he was forever getting them into some kind of adventure. Sometimes they were good and other times, well let¿s say, they could have been quite disastrous. But eventually Stan grows up, his curiosity is curbed and he finds what his goal in life is. Now that leaves just Tracy at home. Could it be Curiosity with a Capital T?
I enjoyed reading this short story. As we reflect on the book and some of the happenings we have to bear in mind that it was written through the perspective of a ten year old. We see where Stan gets into all kinds of trouble, being expelled from school on the first day, taking the boat out without permission, and shooting his bow and arrow in places he shouldn¿t, but then we also see rewards his father gives to him. Now today we would not reward our child if they did something bad, and we see where Stan did get punished and grounded. I think as I read, the author was not reflecting so much on the punishments but on the happenings and it does make it seem like he was rewarded for things he should not have been. I think all children will enjoy this book and as a parent you have a lesson there in the book to teach your children, a lesson on obeying and rules that need to be followed.
Posted October 23, 2011
World War II relocates ten-year-old Tracy and her big brother Stan to Lady's Island off the coast of South Carolina. With a brand new rowboat, archery set, tree house, secret cave, beautiful beaches, bridge tending towers, and flying lessons, the children grow up full of curiosity and fun! Stan gets into trouble many times when his curiosity exceeds his experience, but all his scrapes turn out okay although they cost him some punishment time from his parents and principal.
The author includes memories from America during the time period. Curious children may ask their parents for model airplane kits or for a trip to see a bridge-tender's tower. There may be questions about World War II. Will parents be curious enough to find a CD of 1940's radio shows to listen to The Green Hornet or Inner Sanctum?
Young children will enjoy the adventures of Tracy and Stan. Their parents will enjoy how the stories spark an interest in American history and family hobbies.