Stuart Little is a mouse, but one thing that makes him extraordinary is that his mother, father, and older brother are human.
Since Stuart is only two inches tall, his bed is a cigarette box. He has plenty of adventures with his family and the family cat before Margalo, a beautiful bird, comes to live with the family.
Stuart exudes confidence and gets into many scrapes dangerous to a mouse.
I didn’t read this book as a child when I might have liked it. As an adult, the story seems disjointed. He acts like more like an adult than a child from the beginning. When Stuart is seven, he leaves his home in the middle of the night without saying goodbye. At seven, he didn’t ask permission to leave, which a young child will notice.
The main character isn’t successful in his quest to find his friend Margalo, who flew north. The book ends on a vague note with no real ending or resolution. It almost seems the author grew bored with the story or perhaps ran out of ideas.
After loving Charlotte’s Web, another book by the same author, I was disappointed in this one.
I found this book among my daughter’s childhood collection and read it. What a refreshing read!
Laura Ingalls is seven when her family moves to Minnesota. Their first home is a sod home by Plum Creek, and they all have much to learn about living there—including what the term “grasshopper weather” implies.
Her father plants a wheat crop that will pay for a new home and buy many things the family has had to do without. Then tragedy strikes.
I love Laura’s feisty character and how she longs to be more like her older sister Mary, who is always obedient. Every character is well-defined and lovable.
The descriptions of everyday life and Laura’s new experiences captivated me as a reader. As an author of historical novels set in American history, those details took on deeper meaning. I loved it!
I read some of this series as a child. I look forward to reading the whole collection!
Recommend for children in elementary school and for lovers of American history.
I discovered this book while researching to write my “Spies of the Civil War” series. The second and third book in my series are set in Richmond, Virginia, in 1862. I wanted to learn more about Richmond’s most famous Union spy, Elizabeth Van Lew.
The author of this biography gives her childhood background and a bit of her family history as well yet the main focus is the Civil War years.
Plenty of important historical events connected with war happened in Richmond. Elizabeth wasn’t the only Union supporter—called Unionists—during the war. Others worked as spies for the North. We know the most about the activities of Elizabeth Van Lew.
A well-written and compassionate biography of Elizabeth’s life.
Sarah Feight’s life on the 1763 Pennsylvania frontier felt like paradise. She lives with her husband David in their wilderness clearing near his two brothers and their families. One tragic, brutal night changes everything.
Leith McCully, a friend of the Feight brothers, rescues Sarah and takes her to Fort Pitt where many settlers have sought refuge from the Ottawa, Chippewa, and other tribes.
Believable characters touched my heart with their struggles. These are characters I learned to love and hope to see more of in future books in the series.
Well-written. Heart-wrenching. Action-packed. Steeped in historical events. Full of twists and turns I didn’t anticipate. I couldn’t put it down!
I will look for more books by this author. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
This book is divided into four sections about abounding grace, sufficient grace, the omnipresence of God, and abundant grace.
Each devotion begins with scripture and ends with thought-provoking questions. Suggested scriptures for further reading are also included.
I loved the way the author uses her own experiences and those of others to illustrate grace.
Thirty days of devotions can be read in less than ten minutes for personal reflections. The book would also be great for a group study.
The author has been captivated by God’s grace for years. Not only is “Grace” her last name, the name “Nancy” in Hebrew means “grace” so it must have seemed almost inevitable that she’d ponder the topic.
An easy-to-read and thought-provoking devotional. Recommend!
Mara Jacobs is hanging on by a thread. Trying to raise three children on her own while Liam, her husband, is in Africa on a four-year mission has stretched her to the breaking point. He’s digging wells to provide clean, healthy drinking water to villages where none was available while she struggles to keep her head above water.
He has offered to come home several times, especially when their son was arrested. Mara assured him that she was capable of handling the situation on her own.
Only she wasn’t. Then tragedy strikes.
The author uses deep point of view in a story told entirely from the main character’s perspective. It allows readers to experience her emotions, her thoughts, and her grief.
This multi-layered story was difficult to read. The first third of it was especially hard to get through—very emotional, negative.
I’m glad I stuck with it because the story gripped me soon after. I couldn’t put it down. Lots of surprising twists and turns snagged my interest and didn’t let go.
This isn’t the first novel I’ve read by this talented author. I will look for more. Recommend!