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The Purple Girl Paperback – January 11, 2014
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It has a plot, and a beginning and a middle and an end, but it drifts and wanders repeatedly into the fantastic and poetic and lyrical. There are suggestions of magic, and touches of whimsy, and hints of allegory, and you can read it as containing messages about discrimination, or female empowerment, or prejudice, or young love, or the growth of a girl into womanhood. Or, you can nod at all of those topics as they slip by and focus on the ease and gentleness of the writing, or on the generous good humor of the storyteller, or on the resourcefulness and strength and budding wisdom of the heroine. Or, you can just read through and select and appreciate some of the many grace notes and lovely phrases and arresting observations or descriptions offered up by the author.
However you care to approach this tale you will find something rewarding or pleasing in it. I would offer this book to a confident middle grade reader and await with interest his or her reaction to it. This is a worthy book.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
My nine year old and I enjoyed The Purple Girl together as a bedtime read. The writing flows nicely and is often poetic, and more than once I reread a phrase before moving on, simply because of its beauty. The main characters of the boy and the girl are well-drawn, others less so, but then this is not a very long book. Violet's "contagious" purple stain, the magical book, fireflies, and Violet's voice make for some lovely imagery and attest to the author's creativity. It is a gentle story, with no truly scary or suspenseful parts, so would be appropriate for a wide age range.
Despite all these positives (and there were many), the storyline tended to wander, especially when Violet herself began to wander. Characters and magical objects were introduced without, it seemed, being all that critical to the ending. I've no idea if this is the case, but it felt like a lovely story that had been written without an outline, or one that was originally intended to be much longer but the author decided to wrap it up quickly for some reason, leaving several threads loose.
Still, it was a sweet read with some lovely symbolism and imagery that I will remember for quite some time. I must add too that the illustrations (there were only a handful) were absolutely stunningly beautiful.
This whimsical children’s story is a celebration of the color purple and the importance of finding one’s comfort zone. There are plenty of obstacles to overcome and Violet chooses her own pathway to become a person who is comfortable with herself. There were a few threads that I would have liked to have had cleared up but overall this is a fun story that is enhanced by the lovely pictures.
A copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review
A good length, but not too long, definitely perfect for kids.
I would definitely read more from this author.