I rated this book 1 star.
My granddaughter found this book at a book sale. Originally published in 1943, it was later reprinted in 1968. This looked like a delightful book, so I asked if I could read it. That way, when she was done reading it, we could have a book discussion! How fun!
Books were written entirely different that many years ago, and I took that into consideration.
This is about a ten year old girl, so one would think that it would be written on their level. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. I am an adult, and always have the dictionary at my elbow when I read. For a ten year old, this book would be extremely frustrating.Querulous, permeating, sinewy, reposing, prophesied, intimations, pallor, remonstrate, divested of that strange indefinable aura, funereal, contrite, imperturbably, sallying forth, acting sagely? For real???? And those were the words I had started to jot down in the last third of the book!
It helped me to see why some children's books are classics, and why they remain. Whereas others are destined for the recycling bin. In addition, and again considering the period in which it was written, the subject matter and how the author dealt with it was at best ~ poor. Girls have enough issues with self-esteem, looks, fitting in, and then throw bullying in the mix ~ this book just perpetuated the problems, and certainly did not deal with in an appropriate way ~ even considering the era in which it was written.
I will recommend to my daughter that my granddaughter not read this. (And to please recycle it!)