- Paperback: 74 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (December 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1520125054
- ISBN-13: 978-1520125053
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This is an outstanding read. Of course, it is theoretically written for children and I am an adult but it soothed an ache in my heart. Just one tiny teensy little point. Emily is mute. At least here in the USA we use "mute." Ms. Olding uses "dumb." Ms. Olding is a British author and for all I know "dumb" is the word they use when in the USA we use "mute." Here in the USA we use "dumb" as a synonym for "stupid" so I had to get over a cringe every time I read the word and think of Oscar Wilde's "Two great nations divided by a single language."
I was Emily, the outsider, alone, the one who didn't fit in. I wanted so much to hold her in my arms and tell her she was wonderful and precious just as she is. The story engrossed me. It drew me and wouldn't let me go. Ms.Olding is a Master Wordsmith.
Lorraine, Emily's enemy, is vividly drawn. The attacks are so arbitrary and heartless. The roil of Emily's feelings are not only perfectly captured, I also felt them. Even though I know in a general sort of way what causes a child to be a bully, none of that knowledge was available to me as Olding's powerful imagery kept me in Emily's emotions.
Would that every child had an Origami Nun to intervene in these schoolyard relationships and enable children to see the other with new eyes. And not only each other. Emily not only sees Lorraine with new eyes but also a neighbor. Here is a little girl bravely growing past the major trauma of her life to come a bit into her own self.
I hope Ms Olding might be moved to write some more stories about Emily, Lorraine, and Great-Aunt Alice.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
This is the most touching children's book I have read. I absolutely LOVED it.
Six-turning 7-year old Ruth doesn't speak, but she thinks and feels emotions. This book takes you through a journey seen through Ruth's eyes. Because she cannot speak, Ruth is different from all the other children in the school. This makes her a target for being bullied. Ruth is a fantastic character. I would like to meet her in real life, because she is smart and the most loving child, even though she has had a rough life.
This is a short story of 82 pages, but I identified with Ruth, because I was also bullied at school. I remember feeling the terror of having to go to school, knowing I would be picked on. It is not a nice feeling at all. Lori Olding has written a fantastic children's book that had me in tears as I re-lived those emotions alongside Ruth. However, it is also a very uplifting book, as it uses the magic of an origami nun to show that bullying is wrong, and that you cannot bully someone just because they are different than you. The message I got from this story is that both the bully and the bullied person are both hurting for one reason or another, and that bullying does not make it right. As my mother says, "two wrongs do not make a right". I highly recommend this book to children in the age range of 8+. However, I think adults would like this book too.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the author for allowing me to read this novel, and I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.