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The Green Ember (The Green Ember Series: Book 1) Paperback – December 12, 2014
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I don't usually tell people that there is a book they absolutely-must-no-questions-HAVE-TO-without-a-doubt read. But this one? How shall I put this? If I could choose only one book for my kids to read this year, this would be it. How's that for a recommendation? Go get it! Officially our favorite read-aloud ever. I'm recommending this to everyone who happens to lend me their ear for 5 seconds. From the Read-Aloud Revival to S.D. Smith: thank you for giving us this beautiful gem! --Sarah Mackenzie, Author of Teaching From Rest, Host of The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast
S. D. Smith has a voice for children and families that the world needs to hear. --Randall Goodgame, singer/songwriter for Slugs & Bugs, Veggie Tales
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- Lexile measure : 730L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0986223506
- ISBN-13 : 978-0986223501
- Publisher : Story Warren Books (December 12, 2014)
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A hero story, this is more Hobbit than Watership Down. More Narnia than Beatrix Potter. And it works. I was skeptical because I usually prefer my animal characters to be of the James Herriot kind - rather than the talking Beaver kind. But, this, like Lewis, somehow lets us forget that Heather and Picket are animals and instead we relate to the heroes in these interesting characters.
I had a hard time getting into the story. Because I had no idea what the intention was, I struggled in the first few chapters. They were almost too pastoral for me. Looking backwards, I understand now that they are in fact much like the beginning of The Hobbit - the innocence of the Shire (I mean Nick Hollow) must be acknowledged before the adventure can begin.
Once Picket and Heather and are on the run, the story comes alive.
I have waited weeks to write this review because I want so badly to communicate the profound value of this humble and tender little story. Even two months later, words fail me.
Heather and Picket are unwitting participants in an adventure that transforms them into the very best versions of themselves - in the old fashioned way. They suffer much. They struggle against themselves. They humble themselves. They confront their own worst attributes. And they do it with the help of incredible mentors and new friends who have their own complex histories.
There is so much to love about this book. It feeds the imagination, nourishes the soul and fortifies the character of the reader.
S.D. Smith is the creative force behind Story Warren - a website dedicated to being the horns of Rohan in our lives as we seek stories of truth, goodness and beauty that point our children to the Maker.
There is a sincerity in S.D. Smith's writing that makes the reader feel like they too could be the heroes of their own stories. Like the greats that Smith loves (Tolkien, Lewis, etc.), he tells stories worth knowing. Stories which inform the moral imagination and continue to speak to the reader long after the book has been returned to the shelf.
It is exactly as S.D. Smith says at Story Warren - they are on our side. They are allies in imagination.
I have been asked about the intensity level of this book. I would put it at the same level as The Last Battle. My four year old had no problem with this book but he is not particularly sensitive. I think that it is fair to say that the intensity progresses as follows:
The Green Ember/The Black Star of Kingston
The Hobbit/The Wingfeather Saga
The Lord of the Rings
I'm probably going to need to edit this review later after I read this out loud with my younger daughters and give their reaction but I thought S. D. Smith did a great job. There's an epic feeling here and the characters are just great. The illustrations are sure to pull your kids in--they're great.
Anyway, I can't wait to read this with my kids and to continue the adventure with Picket, Heather, and the rest of the outstanding cast of characters.
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This book is about two rabbits who are separated from their family and have to fight evil.
One of the things I love the most about The Green Ember series, is that even though the story is about good vs evil, it isn't like most books where good wins every time. I find books where that happens, very boring and unrealistic.
I can't pick a favourite character as they are all amazing. They are strong, caring, and loyal, and they inspire me to be more like them.
I would definitely recommend this book series to anyone aged 6 and above.
His books are very well-written and I couldn't put them down because each chapter keeps you hooked.
Me and my little sister have read these books and listened to them on Audible lots of times and we both absolutely love them. S.D.Smith is one of our favourite authors and we can't wait for his next book to come out.
I've read hundreds of books and personally, I'm convinced that these stories are some of the absolute BEST in history and will become just as well loved as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Thanks S.D.Smith for writing these FABULOUS books and inspiring me to become a writer.
The language is ideal for readers of 12 years and up, but younger listeners will certainly enjoy being read to by parents or older siblings. I love the drawings and especially the maps which help younger readers to visualise the area where The Green Ember is placed. I would love to have seen more drawings, but the story is quite long - a bonus for avid readers like my 8 year old granddaughter - but perhaps a bit long for the average 12 year old reader. Nevertheless, this book is good value for money and definitely begs for a sequel! We thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and look forward to reading more from this author's pen. :-)
The action is fast paced after the first chapter; rabbits perform amazing feats and good triumphs. The end is satisfying but leaves room for a sequel.
This book is suitable for reading aloud from about age six and for reading independently, for readers from about eight or nine.
Like all books with any meat, The Green Ember presents plenty of opportunities for discussion, mapping and cooking around the book but, of course, it should be savoured and enjoyed first.