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Six Weeks to Yehidah Paperback – August 2, 2011
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"When people ask me what I read, I say 'Classics,' because to me there isn't a lot else worth reading. Six Weeks to Yehidah is now on my 'Classics' shelf."--Melissa Lemon, Cinder and Ella
"Melissa Studdard's Six Weeks to Yehidah was a mind blowing, imaginative journey and a soul awakening, wonderful read."--Sylvia H., Reader's Favorite
"This is Studdard's first novel which happens to be in the genre of children fantasy, in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy in the Land of Oz. And like these books, Six Week to Yehidah will be loved and read by adults as well..."--Rasoul, Rumi Poetry Club
About the Author
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She loves anything related to writing and reading, whether it's sitting alone with a book and a cup of hot tea, or attending a large poetry reading or literary festival. She also loves travelling, meditating, going for walks, bicycling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.
She currently resides in Texas with her wonderful daughter and their four sweet but mischievous cats.
Top Customer Reviews
By K.L. Stover
"Six Weeks to Yehidah," Melissa Studdard's delightful debut novel, is one of the more metaphysical children's stories you will ever read. Bridging imaginary worlds of talking sheep, cloud kingdoms, magic labyrinths and spirit guides, "Yehida" comes to life in a kaleidoscopic array of color, sound and light.
Readers young and old alike will be transported via the sentient observations of main character Annalise as she experiences the transcendental metamorphosis of spiritual awareness.
The young girl's cloud-land excursion reads like an animated Magical Mystery Tour/Yellow Submarine phantasmagoria:
Annalise noticed that maracas and castanets hung from the trees like coconuts, and drums and cymbals littered the beach instead of rocks and shells.
Stranger still, a lifeguard sat atop his perch, blowing sunscreen from a tuba onto a crowd of frolicking children below. More toward the middle of the island, where the grass grew thick and the soil was rich, flutes, oboes, and clarinets rose from the ground like stalks of corn. And further still, in the distance, bells hung from vines like a new, musically-endowed version of flowers.
Incorporating familiar themes found in literary works ranging from The Wizard of Oz to The Shack to Harry Potter,"Yehidah" still manages to feel wondrously original. Studdard deftly weaves poetry and song throughout her engaging narrative, imbuing Annalise with a sophisticated intelligence rarely found in child characters.
While older children will find Annalise's adventure exciting, "Yehidah" has an adult sensibility.Read more ›
Mid-book we learn that our heroine must be in a coma, and at the end she faces a difficult question. She has come to love the world beyond the clouds where she has learned many important things. Does she want to return to her earth based life and bring back what she knows to others? I won't spoil the ending, but I think Melissa Studdard did a great job of entering the world of her own childlike imagination and thereby demystified what can be a scary place for some of us. I came away from the story feeling good about life and happy that if we all made Annalise's choice, the world would be a better place.
Of course, these adult insights will be completely transparent to the young people this book is intended for. Written in a delightful, light prose suitable to the target audience, kids will just enjoy a delightful romp in a strange and at the end reassuring world. For me, this book fills a gap for parents and teachers looking for material to share with young people to teach them about the higher values of love and commitmment and I would highly recommend this book to anyone, in any age group.
Bravo for a great debut novel.
After 10-year-old Annalise and her two pet sheep, Mabel and Mimi, are caught in an unexpected flash flood, they awaken to find themselves transported to a place above the clouds. Here they meet a number of strange and wondrous beings, from Bob, a man made of light, to Hagski, a nasty bag lady who likes to make rules, to a shaman named Tony and his wise mother Kàna. Here, too, they find that animals talk and musical instruments sprout from the ground like corn. Annalise visits islands and special gardens and a tunnel through the ocean, all the while learning lessons about herself and the nature of the universe. In the end Annalise must decide whether to remain in her wonderland of serenity and adventure, or to return to her life on earth bearing an important message.
Combining the clever word play of Lewis Carroll, the delightfulness of the Oz books, and the philosophical underpinnings of both C.S. Lewis and the Buddhist Bodhisattva, Six Weeks to Yehidah is a tour-de-force of excellent writing and startling imagination, and a gentle exploration of the interconnectedness of all things.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, with many fantastical tales and allegorical characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Delta Stet
Overall: Stars: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
A curious mix of children’s fantasy stories, Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia and The Wizard... Read more
Not that great. Tries hard to fit in the "Alice and Wonderland" or Narnia literary tradition but tries too hard to be deep and meaningful in too many ways.Published 17 months ago by Hazel Bite
I really enjoyed Six Weeks To Yehidah. I found it to be delightful, enjoyable, magical, intelligent and inspiring. Annalise is such a brave girl. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Julie Renae Knose
Six Weeks to Yehidah by Melissa Studdard is a well-written and unique story of Annalise, a 10 year-old girl who is a dreamer much like Alice of Wonderland fame. Read morePublished 21 months ago by LilMissMolly
Melissa Studdard is an author who needs no introduction. Of her many diverse talents and endeavors, Melissa serves also serves as a professor, editor, critic, and talk show host. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Leila A. Fortier
Melissa Studdard is a story teller for the ages. you will enjoy this fine book full of warmth discovery and light.
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Talk about a refreshing piece of literature! This is a story about a young girl who gets transported into a land in which animals talk and there are rules quite unlike anything... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Celia
This was a little young for me. It didn't have a lot of excitement. One thing it did have a lot of was creativity. It was very unique. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Beneath The Moon And Stars Blog