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Little Suzy's Six Birthdays (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, May 6, 2012
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Of course I read this book quickly; all 90 pages of the story. Written for the younger audience, children between the ages of 2-7, the story was easy to read and understand. I loved the character of Suzy and enjoyed reading about all of her six birthdays. Each year was another fun experience for the reader as they shared Suzy's birthday with her; an invisible participant in all her birthday adventures!
The modernizations made to the story were smoothly interjected within the book and were not jarringly noticeable. Having only read this adaptation, I cannot compare the differences between the 1850 version to this one, but I can say that the updates to this version were well placed and didn't distract from the story. This modernized version actually made me more curious about the original story by Prentiss, and I just might read the original to see where the changes were made. :)
I'd recommend this book to any parent who has children between the ages of two and seven years. Reading about Suzy's birthdays will bring new awareness to the young listener and maybe even give the reader an idea or two about what they can do to help make each birthday memorable (like the kisses mentioned in the book). Of course this book isn't only for parents; I'm sure Aunts and Uncles, and Grandmas and Grandpas, would also love this story. Or if you have a friend who is expecting, why not add this little treasure to their baby shower gift?
Overall, I am thankful for Rebecca and her modernization of this story because without her hard work, I wouldn't have had the pleasure of meeting Little Suzy.
The simple line drawings perfectly compliment the orderly and straightforward tone of the book. Illustrations appear at the beginning of every chapter, giving the reader a feeling for what is coming next. Not only do the drawings provide concrete visualization of the story, but they also add charm to the text.
In language familiar to modern children, yet with a nostalgic flavor of the 19th century, each chapter of this delightful book explores the simple pleasures of family life. All of Suzy's birthdays are explored until she is six, with a combination of the routine and celebratory parts of days with which young readers can identify. Updated types of food and toys are especially well adapted, in addition to multicultural characters. Throughout the book, the theme of family love is emphasized.
It has been adapted in a way that makes it much easier to relate to today's situations. Additionally, I loved that the language was not "dummed down" for a lower age-group but rather the vocabulary remained elevated allowing my children to be challenged as well.
I would highly recommend this book to girls of all ages, but particularly 3 - 9 years. This would make a great birthday gift!