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Posted December 4, 2012
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
Eight year old Allie was swept away during a flash flood. The spunky little girl kept her head by remembering things her grandfather had told her. She thought through her situation and kept her head. "Clear headed action" was what he always said. Plan A formed in her mind and would have to do until plan B made itself known. She grabbed a passing piece of wood, "Big Red," and held on for her dear life. When she saw a small blue bundle and realized what it was, she grabbed it and would not let go. When the waters calmed enough so that she could walk, she realized she had traveled a long way from home. Allie's mother Abigail had rushed her son Peter to the hospital for safety. Peter had been injured in an accident 3 years previously and was left a quadriplegic. He had come to accept his life as a cognitive. A large part of his recovery was thanks to his sister Allie. She was a remarkable little girl. Peter knew she would survive, and yet there were moments of doubt as he and his mother waited five long nights and six days for news concerning Allie.
There is so much I want to tell you about this book. However, that wouldn't be fair. You'll just have to read it for yourself. This book is considered for 4th-6th graders, and it is perfectly appropriate for that age group. I hope adults will also enjoy this book. I certainly did. Karen Pirnot is one of my favorite children's authors. Dr. Pirnot is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist; she has spent most of her career working with juveniles. Dr. Pirnot has a gift for encouraging, building up and offering hope. She has written several award winning books. "The Above All Others Principle" is the sequel to "Learning To Be Me". She plans to write a series of books featuring Allie and Peter. The fact that Dr. Pirnot cares deeply for children shines through her books. She has also published several books with her grandchildren. Pirnot's characterization is one of her strong points. Her books show triumph through adversity. Dr. Pirnot, you did it again,you made me cry. Your books are always heartwarming and heart wrenching. Thank you Dr. Pirnot for teaching all of us "The Above All Others Principle".
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Posted December 8, 2013
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Allie is a really unique and special little girl, and she ends up being a hero because she rescues a blind elderly woman during a flood. And she also rescues the body of a baby. I really adore Allie, because instead of being scared and doing nothing when she sees all of the water, she does what she can to help others. And the unique thing that Allie does is that she encourages her friends and those in her school to stand strong when problems come our way, and always be willing to lend a hand to everyone in need.
Wow! We need more Allie’s in our world today. And I really love that Dr. Karen Pirnot so professionally writes a story such as this one to encourage the younger generations how to face difficult situations they will sure face in life. The Above All Others Principle book is a book that should be read by every student that has problems dealing with life. They will sure be encouraged and find answers that will better their situation. Pick up your copy today!
I received this book from the author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
Posted December 3, 2012
You'll laugh and you'll cry but you won't forget this one. This is the second book in the Ordinary Kids series and it features the little sister from the first book. She gets caught up in a flood in the Midwest and she struggles to remember survival skills taught to her by her grandfather. She meets a blind woman and together, they try to find shelter while Allie's mother and older brother struggle to comprehend what has happened to Allie. At about the time Allie is tired, lonely and feeling helpless, an unexpected character enters her life and she begins her movement back to hope.
This is a book about hope, compassion and clear thinking which needs to be read by mid-grade students facing the difficult choices ahead. It is an award-winning book (as is its predessor) and one which will give students, teachers and parents alike the opportunity to discuss important growth issues. Dr. Pirnot's books all deal with children facing hardship and experiencing growth as a result. Although this book stands alone, the series is a powerful one.