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“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.”
Summary: Elmer Smith' has been writing a column in the Philadelphia Daily News since 1982. The topics are varied and seemingly common-place. While the presentation is heart-felt and humorous, there is an abundance of wisdom, common sense, and humanity in all that he has to say. The material comprises a set of personal essays about the author's life.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 13; read yourself: 12 and up
Young Reader Reaction: Could not get interest from target audience.
Adult Reader Reaction: The material is crisp and clear. It is the kind of writing that many journalists would give their right arm to produce. Mr. Smith’s essays, regardless of the topic, educate, entertain, and provoke thought.
Pros: The essays in this collection are masterpieces of their genre. The author's work is a cross between George Will and Bill Cosby.
Cons: The essays, superb as they are, are written for adult audiences.