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A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie (American Girl Beforever Journey) Paperback – August 28, 2014
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1. The girls will never be in any real danger
2. Both the current girl and the historical girl will have similar problems
3. The books are set up in such a way to make them like a puzzle to read, which brings entertainment...
4. ...and the absence of any meaningful content
5. SPOILER ALERY: Problems will be solved.
All of these items are also what make these high interest books, at least for the particular age group who also loves the dolls. If you think about it, you know which doll or dolls you would want, even as an adult. I like Kaya and Addy. (I am supposedly too old for an American Girl doll.) (Is anyone too old for an American Girl doll?)
These books are also good for non-readers and reading out loud. By choosing the path that the book is going to take, the child gets to become involved in the story. It becomes personal.
Through the story, we see the equality, environmental awareness, the importance of family, and friendship. I think it's great that young girls will be learning how things used to be and in turn have a greater respect of all the freedoms and movements still going strong today. It was fun for me to learn about the era in which my mom was the same age as the girls in the story!
This book is full of adventure and because it's in the American Beforever Journey series that makes it even more appealing! That means it is written in a unique choose your own adventure format. Every single path leads to an unknown destination by the readers own choosing. This format keeps things interesting and the book can be read multiple times and then all over again!The writing style was very easy to read. I would suggest this book for girls around 6-12 years old. It's a total winner!
Do note, there are a few endings that require you to follow a URL to see what happens. This can be a down-side for some and I wanted to make sure it was noted.
In addition, the choices weren't very adventurous and my daughter and I weren't particular excited by any of them.
While we still enjoy the Beforever books, this one just fell a little flat for us!
One fun thing about the American Girl Journey books, is that they allow to create your own story. My daughter likened this to hunting for buried treasure. At certain points in the book, it tells you to go to page x for one adventure or page y for a different adventure. You can read the book several times, and get several different stories. While my daughter did enjoy this, she did say that she would like a "regular, straight through" book a little bit better.
Overall, what my fourth grader liked best was learning about the time period. And she is definitely interested in reading more American Girl stories.
The era in this book is the 1970's in San Francisco. By reading the various stories and different endings one can learn about this time and place. It included Title 9 and a girl trying to get on the basketball team. There are references to parents being divorced and separated which might help those who are experiencing that in their own lives.
There are some details in the book that are not put together very well. At one point the clock says 12:34 then 5 minutes later, when she looks at it, it says 12:35. The book cover says Julie 1974, but in the story itself is in 1975.
Still this is a story that can teach and interest young readers to read by themselves or to have a parent read with them.
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