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A Simpler Time Perfect Paperback – May 11, 2010
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From the Back Cover
In this technological frenzy we call life, often, the simple times are taken for granted. Laura Eckroat reminds children of all ages that nature can be as interesting as iPods and computers.
-- Ted Kerasote, Author - Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
About the Author
Laura W. Eckroat is the author of A Simpler Time, Daisy: A Life Cycle Series, The Life of Bud, Went Out to Get a Donut, Came Home with a Muffin, What’s in the Corner? A Muffin “Tail”, and The Lost Tooth. Laura was born and raised in Whiting, Indiana. She has lived in Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. She now resides in Wisconsin with her husband, Steven, and their two rescue dogs—Muffin and Shadow. Mrs. Eckroat is an elementary school teacher, and a lifetime Chicago Bears football fan. She enjoys gardening, reading, writing and doing fundraisers for dogs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A.J. has no idea what she could possibly write about her boring life.
One day her mother takes her on an adventure away from home. Their first task was to find a four-leaf clover. How lucky; A.J. finds one. She takes it home and uses it as part of her writing assignment.
The next day they're off again for another adventure, however, this time they didn't get in the car to go somewhere. "How can the backyard be the spot for this next adventure?" is what A.J. asks.
They look up at the sky and discover all sorts of things in the cloud shapes. They see a rabbit, boat, and even a candy cane.
What they do next and where they go is something you'll have to find out for yourself. You may want to buy a hardcover version of this book for your bookshelf as the illustrations are marvellous.
We're sure you'll love other books written by Laura W. Eckroat titled, Went Out For a Donut - Came Back With a Muffin, What's In The Corner, and The Life of Bud.
WE loved this book as a family and immediately would've gone outside to do some of these things if it hadn't been so hot this summer. It reminds you to appreciate God's creation, even the things we take for granted.
A. J. begins a summer that she thinks will be boring and no way to have adventures like her friends who were all going to exciting places for their vacation. But her Mother has other ideas. She plans some simple activities that makes A. J.'s summer more than just hanging around the house and more fun than she could have imagined. The simple things they do give them something to enjoy together and gives A. J. an opportunity to learn about nature in an exciting and fascinating manner.
Laura Eckroat, author of The Life of Bud, has written another book that children will love. Her story makes us want to go out with our children and look for four leaf clovers and find some lightening bugs to show us the way to A Simpler Time. She shows us, in a wonderfully charming way, that the adventures in the back yard can be more fulfilling than any vacation away from home and that modern technology is not the only way to spend time.
While this is a children's book, I think adults can learn a valuable lesson from it as well. We all need to slow down and learn to appreciate the small things that we pass up everyday because we're too busy checking our email on our Blackberrys as we run to wherever we're supposed to be. I really think every kid out there should read this...maybe they'll turn the video games off for once.
In the era of computer technology, it is very refreshing to take a moment to recall some of these simpler activities. They bring back some found memories that I engaged in with my own children. The impetus in this children's book is to focus on summer activities that are creative, fun, and inexpensive. What a great way, for not only A.J. to spend her summer vacation...but for all young children to enjoy by engaging in some of these great ideas. Good stuff!
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
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