The Weaver

The Weaver

by Kai Strand

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The Weaver by Kai Strand

In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she's weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.
Suggested age for readers: 9-12

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ISBN-13: 9781616331221
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2010
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

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The Weaver 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
The Weaver is a truly unique story about a girl named Mary who lives in The Tales. It is a village, as the opening paragraph describes, whose inhabitants “can tell stories about anything at anytime and often do.” Storytelling doesn’t come easy for Mary and she watches as her peers advance in their skill while she still struggles with the basics. It is difficult for her. Her own mother is considered to be among the best story weavers and the perceived expectation, and subsequent disappointment, that Mary should easily follow in her footsteps makes Mary’s seeming lack of ability all the more unbearable. One day a chance meeting with a magical creature changes Mary’s life, but it is up to her to find out the true meaning of that change. As the mother of an extremely brilliant child who is often feels held back by his learning disabilities, this story struck a resonant chord. It isn’t that Mary isn’t capable, she just hasn’t found a way that works for her. Though she feels that the weight of unspoken criticism alienates her from her peers and loved ones, the truth is she is well loved for who she is, not judged by what she hasn’t been able to accomplish yet. As she comes to understand that and finds her own way, her life changes in wondrous ways. The characters in this delightful tale are vivid and fun. Like Mary, I would have a difficult time weaving tales. I would still love to live in this charming place. I love how the theme of practice and perseverance is, pardon the pun, woven throughout the story. My favorite quote is “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.” There are no quick fixes in life. This book is recommended for children ages 9-12. The reading level is appropriate for that age range, however I believe it would make an excellent bedtime story for much younger children. It should be a staple in every elementary special education classroom library. I will definitely be looking for the next books in this series.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: This is a book that truly captures the reader's imagination. Mary Wordsmith wish is to be able to weave a tale just like her mother Abigail. When a little blue creature that looks like an unfortunate cross between a goblin and an elf grinned up at Mary and took her bottle of milk, he decided to grant her a wish in exchange for the milks. She couldn’t believe her luck and her wish was to weave a yarn as beautiful as her mother. This is a great book that keeps you wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Did Mary’s wish given by the little blue creature work? Did Mary’s storytelling improve? You have to read the book to find out. If you love fantasy books you would love The Weaver. I highly recommend this book. Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
In a little village called The Tales, people weave stories as naturally as speaking. But poor Mary doesn't believe her tales are worth anything. And, without stories, how can her parents love her. The fact that her mother's a teacher doesn't help as Mary wonders how to advance beyond Novice Word Weaving in school? Author Kai Strand weaves some beautiful words through the characters of this children's novel, The Weaver. Fluid language introduces a sense of rhythm. New words lead the reader to experiment and learn. Excellent word-play creates laugh-out-loud misunderstandings. And genuine friendship inspires genuine thought. The characters are fun, real, and eloquent. Their mini-stories are delightfully formed. The concept of beginning middle and end is absorbed rather than taught. And the whole is a truly enthralling read, for adults as well as children. Disclosure: I read this book in the children's literature - fiction - section of the Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards. Though it didn't win, The Weaver did most deservedly make the winners circle.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
The Weaver is a suggested reader for ages 9 to 12 years. Mary Wordsmith lives in The Tales, a village who inhabitants speak story weaving, often in the form of prose, poetry, limericks and yarns. However, Mary isn't very good at it and whenever she weaves a tale, everyone in town rolls their eyes. Poor Mary can never end her stories properly, nor find the most eloquent way to express herself. One day as Mary heads home from the dairy, she trips and falls into a ditch and bumps her head. The milk she is carrying rolls under a bush and as she goes to collect it, she finds a blue gnome-elf named Unwanted. After bargaining with Mary for a bottle of milk, which he "loveses", he zaps Mary with a bolt of electricity and she wakes up with a headache and all four bottles of her milk gone. Angry and mumbling to herself that she lost all her milk, she fails to notice the little yarn charm lying upon the ground of her bumping her head. As the story progresses, we watch as Mary tries to find her niche in the village, and her own way of weaving a tale. Feeling like an unwanted freak, Mary begins to understand that she is leaving little yarn charms whenever she weaves a tale and everyone wants one. Disheartened and upset that no one listens to her tales and is only interested in her charms, she runs away! After she learns a moral lesson, like those in Aesop's Fables, Mary must now come to terms with her abilities and learn to believe in herself. Will Mary find her way, or will she continue to run?? I really enjoyed The Weaver and the lesson that it teaches. The simple nature of its chapters and easy flow of its story would be one any young person would enjoy. At the head of each chapter is a quote that makes you think and reflect, such as, "If the colour white is associated with purity why is it called a white lie?" and "Even when the seas are calm, you must know how to swim". I just loved reading these and each one also applies to the chapter your reading. The little charms that Mary weaves sound delightful and I'd love to have Mary weave me a tale so that I could have one too! I like how Mary's friends stand by her and support her in all of this, even when Mary believes she is alone. My favourite character was, Unwanted, he was just adorable, I love how he spoke, "I's wishded! Goblins are handsomey devils..." I wish we could have seen more of Unwanted, I think Unwanted could set off a series of stories from this. I see Unwanted going off and wrecking his mismatched havoc all over the place and weaving more tales of his own! All in all, however, this is a must have for those young readers who like a bit of magic, humour and a wonderful moral lesson!
SFC_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Kai Strand's The Weaver is her first mid-grade novel. It is a wonderful book that is a must- read for kids of all ages. The story begins with Mary Wordsmith, who wishes to weave a tale just like her mother. Mary, however, is a typical teenager who has similar vulnerabilities and sensitivities. She wants to be liked and respected. She wants so badly to be like her mother. But story telling doesn't come easily for her. In her quest, she meets a blue man who tries to convince her that he will help her achieve her wish of weaving a story just like her mother. Since Mary feels especially vulnerable and experiences the lowest self-esteem she ever had, she allows the little blue man to help her. However, despite his help, Mary's wish isn't granted. She feels betrayed and even unhappier than before. And things get increasingly complex for Mary when the blue man keeps appearing after each practice of weaving a story. Overall thoughts: I was spellbound by this book. I just couldn't put it down when I started reading it. It is about a topic that most young and older teenagers could easily relate to. In addition, Mary is portrayed as a vulnerable character too, one that most adolescent girls will be able to relate to right away. Kai's book is unique in that there are valuable lessons for younger kids and teens of all ages. One of the themes underlying her book is that each of us is special and we should celebrate and accept ourselves for who we are.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
In a small village called The Tales, everyone learns to tell stories and recite poems. Even the children are expected to recite and perform spontaneous tales, but 11-year-old Mary Wordsmith just can't get the hang of it. Her mother Abigail is a talented story weaver who tells clever short stories with moral lessons, but Mary resents her own lack of talent in comparison with her much-admired mother. Mary's even having to take Novice Word Weaving for the third time in a row because she just can't master the basic skills. She always begins her tales with "Once upon a time..." which makes her listeners roll their eyes, and her frustrations are almost unbearable by the time she meets a small blue fellow (no, he's not a Smurf) who might just solve her problems with magic. "Unwanted" is the name of the blue half-elf half-gnome she meets. Unwanted speaks in a dialect kind of like a British Cockney accent, and younger readers will probably appreciate his funny-sounding speech more than older readers. Unwanted is a sweet person, and he offers Mary a wish in exchange for some bottles of milk. She tells him that she wants to make beautiful yarns and Unwanted says he has granted her wish, but when Mary gets back home, her stories haven't improved at all. It turns out, he took her request about "yarns" literally, and now every time she tells a story, figurines made out of yarn appear on the ground near her. The little yarn charms are getting popular and Mary's friend Chantell encourages her to enjoy her new gift, but Mary's not happy. It may sound far fetched to have a whole town full of people who can spontaneously compose thoughtful stories and poems, but there have been actual societies that worked something like this (Japan in the Heian period is one), and it seemed like an interesting trait to give a fictional society. Some of the tales told by the villagers are made-up stories, and some of them are just the characters eloquently describing what is already happening, but all the brief stories are pleasant to read. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, but it's downright adorable and middle grade readers should be very pleased with it. I almost wish it was a big storybook with illustrations, because Mary's tale is just begging for some lovely visual accompaniment.
dmcdine More than 1 year ago
In the world of Mary Wordsmith the talents of weaving stories garner a feeling of acceptance into this special community. For Mary the overwhelming feeling of living in another person's shadow hinders her ability to master the art of weaving. Feeling like an outcast, Mary's despair mounts when a simple routine errand goes wrong. Can nothing be easy for Mary? In her travels she meets a peculiar looking blue little man whom promises to make her most desired wish come true. Desperate, Mary relents and asks, "I wish I could weave a yarn as beautiful as my mother's." As time goes by Mary sees no improvement in her storytelling and becomes annoyed with herself for believing the little blue man. However, friends start to notice special trinkets left in Mary's wake when practicing weaving. When thanked for the beautiful miniatures, Mary is perplexed and says she has no idea what they are talking about. Believing these odd occurrences will make her a further outcast, Mary swears her friends to secrecy. Will her secret stay such for long? Will Mary discover in time that words can be taken literally and her art of weaving an ingenious story may just be beginning? Find out what becomes of Mary's storytelling and the trinkets in this compelling story, which will have the reader turning the pages as fast as lightening. Children's author, Kai Strand expertly weaves together the art of storytelling and holding one's audience captive into a spellbinding adventure of finding one's place in the world.