- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: BearManor Media (January 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593936826
- ISBN-13: 978-1593936822
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,646,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I only wish Cathy had continued her story to cover highlights of the past 30 years. She is an engaging writer and ends the narrative too early, at least for me.
Walt Disney is quoted as saying "For every laugh, there should be a tear." Cathy's story has both. At the poignant conclusion of her book, she retains her spirit of optimism while facing an uncertain future. Her parents' zest for life and Walt Disney's philosophy thread their way through her story. Cathy sees the positive even in life's challenges and inspires the reader to feel that way too. This book is very appealing on many levels.
Freeman led a charmed childhood, meeting interesting people from all over the world, traveling to many amazing places, and getting to know Disneyland inside and out. Her fairy tale ended abruptly when her father died of cancer at 45 years old. I loved the fact Freeman didn't end her story there with her father's death, but continued on with her family's near fatal boating trip and adventures throughout college and Europe. It's an interesting, all-encompassing memoir that does great justice to her life.
"What I couldn't foresee was the unexpected Foe waiting to strike," she wrote, "My life was as fated as Sleeping Beauty was fated." Freeman ended her memoir with the revelation that she had inherited her father's fatal cancer. The grim diagnosis led her to start this book. She wanted to document her childhood and her father's sense of humor and wonder. More than anything, she learned to look for humor in everything and laugh in the face of adversity.
A Disney Childhood was not at all what I expected. I anticipated a lighthearted story about growing up in Disneyland. I got that, but also a lot more. This book is poignant and touching, rejoicing in the beautiful aspects of childhood as well as delving into deep, dark parts of growing up--episodes like her father's death and the emotional turmoil it caused. I admire the way in which the author didn't blame anyone for her troubles and difficult times. She's raw and real and she strives to get past every hurdle with grace and maturity. She loses sometimes and she also succeeds greatly. This is a great coming of age story and an easy read. You absolutely don't have to be a Disney fan to enjoy Freeman's story. It's purely inspirational!
by Jennifer Melville
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women