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The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs Paperback – February 27, 2007
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Overall, The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs is a delightful, energetic story with likable characters. The book has a well-thought-out plot. I usually like science fiction and fantasy books, so I was not sure if I would enjoy this, but The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs really surprised me. I enjoyed reading it very much. It was heart-warming in some places, and sad in others, and it was interesting to see how Eben comes to realize that even a small town like Sassafras Springs can have wonders of its own. I would recommend this book to anyone, and readers who enjoyed Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder will love this.
Preteen, teen, and young adult book reviews and recommendations.
The story has enough pull for younger readers to stay interested, and is rich enough to capture older individuals as well.
This is a beautiful book about the wonder of everyday life, and the surprising stories of the people around us. The cover illustration makes it look like "Because of Winn-Dixie" but this book is SO MUCH BETTER. It is a joy to read a children's book this well-written (but watch out for "hell" and replacement curse words).
And it's by Betty Birney, who wrote the incomparably enjoyable "Humphrey" series.
Parent notes: Written in vernacular ("could of", "would of", "haint"...), this book sports some questionable language: When hell freezes over. Gee whiz. Dang. Dang. Shucks. Why on God's green earth? By doggies. Doggone. By jiggers. Doggone. Lord.
The story Ms. Birney weaves is so close to my own heart, I could almost swear that I grew up in Sassafras Springs. Though I am sad to say that my dissatisfaction growing up in the country, on the outskirts of a town with seemingly little to offer, did not allow me to realize the wonders surrounding me in my youth until I was well into adulthood. I sincerely wish a challenge similar to that of Eben's had been issued to me growing up so I could have learned at a much earlier age to appreciate what I now recognize I missed. In relation to my own childhood, the moving nature of this story made me weep.
Matt Phelan's illustrations are a wonderful compliment to this book. His drawings are completely classic and fit the story so perfectly, they remind me of Garth Williams' insight for the illustrations of the Little House series and E.B. White's enchanting tales. Though many recent books feature trendier artwork, the purity of Mr. Phelan's style is parallel to the purity of the story he brings to life with his drawings.
This book is destined to be a great classic, perhaps equal in significance to works such as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Tom Sawyer. I have already begun a second reading of this story, and I am sure I will reread it many more times during my life as well. I believe it is my favorite of all the new books I have read in the last ten years.Read more ›
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I REALLY love this book. I am a 2nd grade gifted teacher and have read this book out loud to my class for the past 2 years. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful book from an equally wonderful author. Loved for her wildly popular Humphrey series, we were sure we wouldn't be disappointed in this novel, and we weren't! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dawn D.
great book! i'm reading it for the second time w/ my 7 year old son.Published 17 months ago by J.B.
My 6th grader enjoyed this story. A great tale of exploration and discovery.Published 18 months ago by Jenny Breed
this book is the best,i think its cool how Eben finds 7whole wonders(whole entire wonders and this is so coolPublished 20 months ago by Janna the best
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs is a great book for all ages. It left me thinking about the wonders in my own hometown. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Augusta Fick