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Book Title: Black-Eyed Susan|
Date of issue: August 26th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780679885566
The author of the book: Jennifer Armstrong
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 550 KB
Read full description of the books Black-Eyed Susan:This book has been on my to-read list for a long time. But when I finally got around to picking up a copy at my library, I have to admit, I wasn't expecting too much from this slim volume.
I am glad to report that I was, in fact, very wrong. This is one of those books that I know I would have loved when I was younger. Reminiscent of books like Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan and even the American Girl Meet Kirsten: An American Girl books, this is definitely for young fans of pioneer/prairie stories.
I was surprised, too, by how much depth was packed into these few pages. Not only was the prose completely lyrical, with Susie's descriptions of the prairie just completely taking my breath away, but there was a lot more going on in this story than I expected. There is Susie's love for the prairie where they live, Susie's father's ambitions for their family and their future, and Susie's mother's very obvious depression.
I would certainly recommend this to younger readers. It's easy to read, but would also be good for expanding reading horizons, with some good vocab words, the depth of the story that I talked about, historical period descriptions, and even some multi-cultural stuff thrown in the mix.
Read information about the authorJennifer Armstrong learned to read and write in Switzerland, in a small school for English speaking children on the shores of Lake Zurich. The school library had no librarian and no catalog – just shelves of interesting books. She selected books on her own, read what she could, and made up the rest. It was perfect. As a result, she made her career choice – to become an author – in first grade. When she and her family returned to the U.S. she discovered that not all children wrote stories and read books, and that not all teachers thought reading real books was important. Nevertheless, she was undaunted. Within a year of leaving college she was a free-lance ghost writer for a popular juvenile book series, and before long published her first trade novel, Steal Away, which won her a Golden Kite Honor for fiction.
More than fifty additional novels and picture books followed, and before long she also tried her hand at nonfiction, winning an Orbis Pictus Award and a Horn Book Honor for her first nonfiction book, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. In late 2003 she will travel to the South Pole with the National Science Foundation to do research for a book on ice.
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