Thursday, September 1, 2011

getting near to baby -- Audrey Couloumbis

Couloumbis has created something achingly poetic and haunting in this book.

Not only does she employ solid, believable narrative and poignant characters, but also one of the best examples of a frame story I've seen. English teachers will love it.

I warn you, however, it does deal with mature subjects--the death of a younger sibling and the mourning process that follows--but does so in such a sweet and gentle voice that readers are completely captivated. Although heart-wrenching at times, this is a story of redemption, healing, and love. If they're mature enough, I highly recommend it for younger readers.

Estimated Reading Level: 5th grade +
Grade: A

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