Flash Reviews

Flash Reviews

Okay, so I am taking a children’s materials course this semester, and have thus been reading a lot of children’s books!  So, I have decided to compile a few quick reviews of some of the books I have read!

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

I was so excited to finally read this, and I am very glad I did!  Wonderfully cute and clever.  Milne’s writing style is whimsical and fun, and even as an adult I found these stories utterly enjoyable . *****

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

I decided to read this book because I was interested in maybe watching the Disney film, but I like to read the books before I watch the movies.  I enjoyed the general concept of Narnia, but I was not swept away by the way this book played out.  I found there was somewhat a lack of complexity, as things tended to happen without any real consideration or conflict of emotion.  I really wanted to be overwhelmed by the magic of Narnia, and I found I couldn’t quite be. ***

Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater

I wasn’t sure about this book going into it, and it really didn’t strike me.  I found this book to be too much of a mix of realistic plot and fantasy.  The penguin needed an arctic climate in order to survive, but it was no problem for the Popper family to leave all their windows open to let the snow inside for the penguin…I am okay with realistic fiction, and I am okay with fantasy, but I found this book couldn’t quite decide which type of story it was trying to tell. **

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

I read this book as a child, but couldn’t remember it, so I decided to read it again this semester.  It was very enjoyable.  Wilbur was adorable, and I thought his relationship with Charlotte was lovely.  The only thing that I wasn’t fond of in this story was Fern.  I was disappointed with how her fondness of Wilbur declined throughout the book, and I would’ve enjoyed the story that much more if she had been a bit more devoted to her former pet.  Still, however, a wonderful read. ***1/2

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