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The Life of Bud Paperback – February 17, 2009
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that's the amazon description for the book. But the story is really much more than that. It is a deep, meaningful story. One I have read twice myself, feeding my inner child. Contrary to an earlier reviewer's false claims and character attacks, there are zero errors in this story. Mrs. Eckroat is not writing a college thesis. She is writing a story. An entertaining story at that. A very simple story with such a deep, meaningful purpose. We are born, we live, we die. As humans, our lives are usually relegated to two dates and a dash. But, in that dash, there is so much of a story that those who did not know you will never truly understand. This book is a great way to teach young and old alike to celebrate that dash, and all it contains.
To the reviewer who said it was a vanity press and wishes she had been told this, and called the book a "simplistic copy", what difference does it make who published it or how it was published? Perhaps some vanity press authors are in deed, vain, but not all of them are. By the way, Tate was not a "vanity press" operation. They were a cooperation publisher. There's a difference. Furthermore, just because they are no longer in operation today doesn't mean any of their authors are necessarily bad. You don't have to like the way anyone else conducts their business, but did you really have to be critical? Have you ever written a book? Do you know first hand how many hours go into it?
I for one am grateful that Author Laura W. Eckroat published in such a manner as to give her readers the lowest price book possible. Clearly she was thinking of her readers in her publishing choice, and yes, she did have choices. She's quite successful in the literary field and that's not an easy task.
This book does not contain spelling errors. It is a book for children and teaches them valuable lessons within it's cute pages. Laura is an amazing writer, and I highly recommend all of her books, they have enriched the lives of several children and families that I know of personally.
We live in a world that worships youth and youthful things. Sometimes it is hard to find someone who is happy in the stage they are in and not longing for the earlier years. My 93 yr old Mother-in-law is one of those people. She lives each day as if it is her best. Maybe it is. I think she would agree with the message of "The Life of Bud". This book has a gentle way to open communication with children the topic of aging and death. Mrs. Eckroat skillfully approaches the subject and takes the fearfulness of talking about it away.
"The Life of Bud" is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written. It would be a "keeper" in any library. Another cool thing about it is that it has a companion coloring book. Thank you for addressing this subject Laura.
Elaine Littau, author of "Nan's Journey" and "Elk's Resolve"
My children enjoyed this beautifully written explanation of life and death, and I liked the way it was presented. If you ever need to explain death to a child this is a great way to do it.
"...Birds were singing, squirrels were romping, the sun was shining, and The Mighty Oak Tree on Crescent Street was beginning to sprout buds."
Bud learns from his friends on the Mighty Oak tree and thinks about what is happening to him and about his experiences. He goes through his life with acceptance and wonder as he changes from the small brown bud to the beautiful green leaf of summer and the end of his days as a glorious colored leaf of fall. But his use does not end there. You will have to read the book to learn what happens.
Children will ask you to read this book over and over until they can read it themselves. They will easily see the parallel between the little `bud' and their own lives. Parents will want to refer to it during many aspects of their child's growth and discovery.
That being said, this is a beautiful and well written story. Not only is it sharing an important lesson in a way our children can easily understand but it also has so much heart and feeling written into it. An author that can do that is one amazing author! Keep up the good work!
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