Written by Gina Willner-Pardo
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A coming-of age story and a story of self-acceptance and acceptance of the world are all packed into this novel. Teens and preteens will appreciate its ease of comprehension.
Liv, Olivia Jean to her Mom, has grown up in the world of beauty pageants. She entered her first pageant when she was three years old. She is thirteen now, a ten-year veteran of the pageant universe, and tired already of its incessant demands and restrictions. This is not how she wants to spend her life.:
Then I stared at the mirror some more. It was the weirdest thing. I wasn’t there. I had disappeared. Suddenly I couldn’t catch my breath. It was like being underwater or buried in the ground, the feeling I had — that I was invisible, that I could scream and no one would hear.
She recognizes her mother’s struggles, but does not want to live her mother’s dreams. Into this world comes Danny, a seventeen year old who looks like he is ten. Danny’s mother also has dreams for her son’s life, whether he shares those dreams or not. He leaves home, hoping to make his way in the world.
Liv sees that as a way to escape her mother’s demands. She leaves a note for her mother and joins Danny on his journey. But running away is not the only answer. What the two learn about the world, and about their own strengths and capabilities is what gives this book its depth. Sure to bolster the reading skills of young readers.
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- Title: Prettiest Doll
- Author: Gina Willner-Pardo
- Publisher: Clarion Books, 2012
- Reviewer: Anjali Amit
- Hardback: 240 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-547-68170-2
- Genre: Fiction
- Lexile Score: 680
Written by Abraham Lincoln
Illustrated by James Daugherty
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Four score and seven years ago……..Do you know the rest? The Gettysburg Address is probably one of the most famous speeches made in history. Everyone is at least familiar with some of it or the president who spoke it. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln stood under a November wintery sky and delivered a two minute speech that changed history. James Daugherty has created wonderful pictorial interpretation of this infamous speech. Each page contains a part of that speech with an interpretation of that particular part of the speech. Students with higher reading skills will be the target for this book, while the illustrations will appeal to many others.
I remember having to memorize this speech in 5th grade. Oh what a joy it would have been to have a book such as this in which to do the memorizing. The illustrations bring the book to life, capturing the events in bright, bold colors. The illustrations also help the reader with comprehension. After the speech is finished the author has added descriptions of his paintings and his interpretation. This book would be a wonderful tool in teaching the Gettysburg Address.
Along with the speech itself, there is a bit of added history from Daugherty. President Lincoln was not informed until just a few days prior, that he would be speaking at all. It is rather remarkable that Lincoln felt his speech was a “flat failure”, yet here we are 100+ years later and it is still remembered as a turning point in our progress as a nation. The most poignant line that we as a nation should strive for is still as relevant today as it was back then – “a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”.
- TITLE: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
- AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln
- ILLUSTRATION: James Daugherty
- PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman and Company
- REVIEWER: Cheri Liddy
- ISBN: 978-0-8075-4550-8
- GENRE: History