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Good book but not appropriate for young readers!,
This review is from: Seven Daughters and Seven Sons (Paperback)
I assigned this book to my daughter as reading for her history curriculum because it was based in the Middle East during the middle ages. Fortunately, I read the book first and was able to stop her before she reached the suggestive language that was contained at the end of Part II and the beginning of Part III. In the end of Part II, the prince talked about the way he was feeling about Buran (who was disguised as Nasir). In the beginning of Part III, Buran describes how she felt about the prince, including how it felt to be behind him on horseback. In addition, (s)he describes in detail how her body looked when she was naked.
This book was recommended for my 11 year old child, I strongly disagree! If you are considering this book for a school-age child, I would suggest either finding another book or reading the center section (end of Pt II, beginning of Pt III to your child, leaving out the suggestive details), after you have read it first, of course.
Other than this, this book did a good job describing how people lived, married, and traded in this time period in the middle east as well as the role of women in this setting.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2012 6:55:36 PM PDT
Lola Says says:
What age did/will your child learn sex education? My school taught us sex-ed at age 10 and I think it was smart. At 11 years old, your child is going to hear these things anyways so you might as well allow them to read about it in a book that doesn't focus on it, just mentions it briefly in the span of a larger motif. I'm 23 and I'd recommend this to my 10 year old cousin because it's not glorifying sex, it's mentioning normal things such as the human body and hormonal feelings (which children usually have felt by this age).
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 10:00:46 AM PDT
Bruce D. Wilner says:
You read an absorbing book and your only comment worth sharing is that you're "glad you found the `indecent language' before your daughter did"? That's pretty inane IMHO.
Posted on Jun 4, 2013 12:18:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2013 9:00:57 AM PDT
R. Johnson says:
The homeschool company we use also recommends this book for the age range you mentioned, but as a read-aloud. I can understand your feelings about it, as I've done a bit of editing on the fly, as well as eliminated a whole paragraph as our instructor's guide advised us to do. If you are able to look beyond that, it's really a very good book. It definitely needs some parental involvement, though, in the form of discussion and editing.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 2:41:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2013 2:47:21 PM PDT
a reader says:
I think it is pretty inane that you write that Ms. Hill only has one comment worth sharing, Mr. Wilner. She clearly states, "Other than this, this book did a good job describing how people lived, married, and traded in this time period in the middle east as well as the role of women in this setting". In case that is not clear, she commented on four areas described by the book: lives, marriages, trading, and women's roles, in addition to the comment on suggestive language.
Also, Ms. Hill did not call the language indecent, she called it suggestive. Unlike indecent, suggestive does not have a negative connotation; it simply lets all of us know what to expect so we can determine if our children need any guidance with the storyline.
I found her review very detailed and helpful. Thank you, Ms. Hill, for taking time to write it.
Posted on Jan 28, 2014 10:55:27 PM PST
AWAIR Reviews says:
I recommended this (still do) for upper elementary/middle school use. In California I told them that in the mid-west it hit a nerve and read them the "offensive" passage, teachers my audience responded "Wonderful! That exactly matches [they names the section and number of the education code for the state] what we are supposed to be teaching!"
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