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The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book Paperback – September 15, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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'The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book tells stories about Sylvia and her life and experience through her sixth year of life. Each section tells of Sylvia's day; then she is told a story, by her mum or a friend, that relates to her experiences. Finally, just before going to sleep, Sylvia leaves her Wonder Book on her bedside table and chants a poetry spell asking the rhyme-elves to write a poem for her during the night. Sylvia wakes up the following morning to a new poem and a beautiful drawing and she runs to her mother's bed to read it. The stories relate to festivals throughout the year and, towards the end of the book, we are told about Sylvia's seventh birthday. The sense of wonder in the book is achieved through the way in which Sylvia's life stories intertwine with story-telling and with the rhyme-elves' creation of beautiful pictures and poems. A magical book for six and seven year olds.' -- Juno: A Natural Approach to Family Life, Spring 2006
About the Author
Isabel Wyatt was born in England in 1901. She spent many years teaching young children and was then, until her retirement in 1965, co-director of studies at Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire. She wrote many books for children, including King Beetle-Tamer and The Book of Fairy Princes. She died in 1992.
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Isabel Wyatt is a wonderful imaginative author. We have her other books as well. Each story is laden with wonderful imagery and a meaningful message. It's very unlike most of the "fluff" stories offered to children these days. The book is rich and fulfilling like all great stories are! I couldn't recommend this more highly. Both my son and daughter loved these stories, now that they are young adults they recall them with great fondness!
However, the grammar and writing is horrible. I blame that on the editor... The writer is an amazing story teller, but needed to have gone to some classes to edit the grammar, word use, etc. my husband and I both find ourselves having to reread sentences and fix the grammar so that our children so not pick up on it.
But... The story itself; just beautiful. Every issue we have been having with our seven year old is being addressed by this book! I want to just keep rereading it to him.