The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

by Betty G. Birney, Matt Phelan
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The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney, Matt Phelan

Eben McAllister searches his small town to see if he can find anything comparable to the real Seven Wonders of the World.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756980757
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Betty G. Birney is an Emmy-winning screenwriter who specializes in live-action TV, and animation for children. She lives with her family in Studio City, California.

Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. His picture books include The New Girl...and Me and Two of a Kind, both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eben McAllister is an 11-year-old boy who lives in a small farming town in Sassafras Springs. He has a bet with his dad that if he can find 7 wonders in 7 days around Sassafras Springs he can go on a train to Colorado. Eben gets really excited because he was just researching the 7 Wonders of the World. He thinks that it is going to be easy, but finds out that it is a lot more difficult than he expected. With his dog they go and search for wonders in their town. They run into some trouble on the way. But Eben has a whole lot of fun searching for wonders in his small town because everyone wants him to hear their story. Eben, Aunt Pretty, Pa and Jeb are the main characters. Betty G. Birney is the author of this fictional book Overall I liked the idea of Eben finding wonders because it was an interesting plot. I liked that he was working towards a goal to go to Colorado. It made me want to read on. But when the wonders were so pointless it turned me off. I would not recommend this book for children over 8 years old. I would recommend this book for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers for a read a loud. It was more appropriate for younger kids. For kids my age it is too unrealistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great read. It will suit anyone 5th grade ( like me!) Or older. Cmon! Lets read this book its awesome!
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Who are Pretty, Purity, and Annie May? In a small town what seven wonders do you think the protagonist will find? Where do you think the wonders are? Where is Sassafras Springs? The charcoal illustrations in the novel have wonderful detail and assist the story to come-to-life. According to the protagonist a wonder is classified as a marvel; that which arouses awe, astonishment, or admiration. Let's step back in time and enjoy a journey to see some wonders. This novel is a marvelous mental voyage with easy-to-read paragraphs and lively dialogue. It is sure to intrigue many youth ages 8 to 12, in about 4th to 7th grade. A well developed protagonist and other key characters will keep the reader fascinated; this novel is good on a long bus, car, plane, or train ride or any day the reader feels like enjoying a great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story for all ages! Eben's search to find wonders in his own town can be translated into countless lessons for the reader. Each neighbor he encounters has a 'wonder'ful story to share, and eventually Eben realizes that wonders come in all shapes and sizes. Eben's Pa and Aunt Pretty are priceless. Ms. Birney has created characters that I will remember forever. If you like Richard Peck's A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, you'll love this book. This would be a great read aloud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good, fun story of adventure. I enjoyed reading which wonders Eben might find. It's nice to be taken back to when kids could use their imagination and walk through-out their town, talking to people, discovering their environment and be safe doing so! This is a heart-warming, purposeful book. Excellent tool for teaching!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for all ages. I absolutely love the wisdom, flow, perspective, and profound storytelling ability of this author. In seeking life's intrinsic treasures, what better way to question how to measure greatness, meaning, happiness, and wonder than to seek and discover these things hidden in our own back yards? The story Ms. Birney weaves is so close to my own heart, I could almost swear that I grew up in Sassafras Springs. Though I am sad to say that my dissatisfaction growing up in the country, on the outskirts of a town with seemingly little to offer, did not allow me to realize the wonders surrounding me in my youth until I was well into adulthood. I sincerely wish a challenge similar to that of Eben's had been issued to me growing up so I could have learned at a much earlier age to appreciate what I now recognize I missed. In relation to my own childhood, the moving nature of this story made me weep. Matt Phelan's illustrations are a wonderful compliment to this book. His drawings are completely classic and fit the story so perfectly, they remind me of Garth Williams' insight for the illustrations of the Little House series and E.B. White's enchanting tales. Though many recent books feature trendier artwork, the purity of Mr. Phelan's style is parallel to the purity of the story he brings to life with his drawings. This book is destined to be a great classic, perhaps equal in significance to works such as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Tom Sawyer. I have already begun a second reading of this story, and I am sure I will reread it many more times during my life as well. I believe it is my favorite of all the new books I have read in the last ten years. I literally could not put it down until I had finished it, and even dropped it into the kitchen sink at one point while combining daily chores while reading. This is a meaningful story of the heart and speaks directly to the meaning of life. I recommend it for everyone. --J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it. It for sure was a easy read but a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read this book yet but Im writing this right before Im about to buy and read it. Im really looking forward to reading it.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
I loved the pleasurable, completely undignified way that the story (or rather... stories) play out in "The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs". When young Eben's father gives him a challenge to find 7 "Wonders" in their dusty little 1923 town of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, Eben isn't so sure that he can really discover that many Wonders. He only has been given 7 days to find these marvels, and he's quite sure that no Great Pyramid of Giza or Hanging Gardens of Babylon will be found in Sassafras Springs. If he successfully completes the challenge, Eben's father has promised him a special trip by train, all the way to Colorado. This would be the biggest thing to ever happen to Eben, a boy who has only been able to dream of traveling. Now his chance has arisen to get out of Missouri, and discover great things... but to do it, he has to explore his own turf further and deeper than he ever knew before. Many of the tales that Eben comes across include some sort of whimsical imagination in order to listen to the old stories that country folks can tell. Some are a bit too far-fetched, but enjoyable. I had almost convinced myself to give this book 3 stars, but then I remembered the simple ways that the author added in a few words here and there about the Lord, singing in church, etc., and I felt satisfied in giving it a 4 star rating instead. This is a cute book, and my younger brother absolutely loves it. I think no better words really describe it than the review given on the front cover, which says: "A fun, folksy outing." Truly, that explains "The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs" perfectly. To leave you now with my favorite quote of the book, coming from the first chapter: "I'll start tomorrow. I guess Columbus said something like that once, only he said it in Italian."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend you should read this book because,it tells about eben trying to find wonders in sasafras springs. Here are some wonders,a table that walks,a musical saw,a bookshelf, and a apple head doll.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moving. I love the voice.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
“Sometimes extraordinary things begin in ordinary places.” This is the lesson that eleven-year-old Eben McAllister is about to learn. Living with his Aunt Pretty and his Pa in the small farming community of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, in 1923, he longs for adventure beyond the hum-drum routine of farming life and spends his free time perusing a book about the Seven Wonders of the World. There certainly isn’t anything that interesting around Sassafras Springs. Or is there? Pa challenges Eben to find seven wonders in Sassafras Springs in seven days, and if he does, he will earn a train ticket to visit relatives in Colorado. Eben can hardly believe it, and he excitedly agrees to the deal. Working on the farm doesn’t leave much time for searching, but Eben is determined to give the quest his best efforts. Eben quickly discovers that not everyone takes kindly to his mission, and suddenly seven days seems like a rather short period of time. However, he and his faithful dog Sal travel all over the village inquiring about wonders, sometimes accompanied by Eben’s best friend, Jeb. Eben comes to realize that things are not always as they appear, and sometimes the most mundane objects actually have an astonishing story to tell. Along the way, he learns fascinating details about some of Sassafras Springs’ residents and the town’s past and discovers that maybe his hometown isn’t as lackluster as he always thought. As Pa says, it’s all a matter of perspective, and Eben’s is forever changed by his quest. Infused with magical realism, Betty G. Birney’s “The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs” seamlessly blends a young boy’s coming-of-age with the tall tales typical of rural country life in this heartwarming children’s novel. Told in the first person from Eben’s point of view, the story bears the down-to-earth and often humorous language of a young boy who is growing up and who is eager to discover the world outside of his small birthplace. Delightful sketch illustrations add to the appeal of the narrative, which is divided into a chapter for each wonder and also subdivided into the story behind each wonder. “The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs” is a highly creative story that will enhance the reader’s imagination and lead to a greater appreciation of one’s roots, no matter where they have been planted. Don’t be surprised if your own perspective shifts after reading this charming story!
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I reaf the book my dog is named sal
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Nice good book for the nook
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My first block is reading this book. Oh my god it amazing book for first, second, third, and forth like me. So i hilley recomend this book.
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I read like the first to chapter of this book and my eyes were drooping and I could not stay awake. The book is genuinely boring and I couldn't even get thru with it. I read other reviews and people say it was outstanding but maybe it was because I read the book a long time ago and I didn't understand it then but REALLY. It was extremely Boring. I do NOT reccomend it.
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Interesting