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Children's LiteratureYoung readers who aspire to become authors will find inspiration in this charming little book. With its emphasis on looking closely at the details of one's own world, it encourages children to see the wonder in everyday things. The inference is clear—you do not need to grow up with wizards and dragons to have an interesting life. Conversely, young readers who thrive on action and adventure will find this slow going. Like many memoirs, the book lacks a clear narrative structure. And while the short chapters each create interesting vignettes, they do not build upon each other. Consequently, the book does not have the kind of tension and direction that will keep a reluctant reader engaged. All in all, with its gentle evocation of a time gone by, this book may have been more successful if aimed at adults, rather than at children. 2005, Henry Holt and Co, Ages 9 to 12.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts