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BLUEBERRY GIRL

Author: Neil Gaiman

Illustrator: Charles Vess

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Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a poem that offers a prayer of hope for a girl as she moves from a young child to becoming a woman. This is a non-rhyming illustrated poem.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book.

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Not long after I started reading, my daughter wanted to stop and just look at the pictures. She focused on the animals, particularly the owl who was the child's companion from page to page.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a lovely, illustrated poem. Although it is described as a "prayer" on the jacket flap, there is nothing that points to organized religion. The illustrations are beautiful and the girl's image changes race, hair color, etc., making it easy for any girl to see herself in these wishes for success.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations help celebrate this poem that offers encouragement, hope, and success.

Cons: If you're looking for a prayer in the traditional sense of the word, this may disappoint you.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that would make a lovely gift for parents-to-be or a graduation gift for a young woman ready to step out on her own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A MOTHER'S PROMISE   GIRLS RULE … A VERY SPECIAL BOOK CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR GIRLS   ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN

Educational Themes: This is a book meant to be shared. The poem speaks to an adult's wish for success, hope, and the strength to be yourself.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009

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