Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer

This story touched my heart.  I've had a love affair with books since childhood and have my own favorite books so this story really talked to me.

Schwartz & Wade sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  They always choose good stories and produce a quality book so it's fun to review for them.  You can buy this book at your local bookstore now.

If you've used the library, you will be aware of how books generally start out up front on special shelves for new books.  This is where this book was placed with pride upon its arrival at the library.

As time passes, the book goes back on the regular shelves.  Usage lessens with time and the book develops wear.  But there is one little girl who finds the story special and declares it her favorite book.  At the end of its library life, it's stored in the basement for an upcoming sale.

As it sits and waits it get lonelier and lonelier.  It liked being held in children's hands and it enjoyed watching them read the story with delight.  What would happen to it now?

As a child, I had a favorite book.  It had little elves or fairies that traveled on lily pads and lived in the forest.  It had whimsical illustrations.  I loaned it out and never got it back.  I'm still looking for that one.

This book is discovered at the book sale by the little girl who loved it so much in the past and gets to have a real home and an owner who loves it.  How could life get better for either the book or the girl?

This one is going in my personal library.  I may never find the book I lost but this book will remind me of it each time I look at it.

Happy reading.


ChristyJan said...

This book sounds like a treasure! I'm almost in tears after reading your review.
My Grandma had a book similar to the one you described as your favorite ~ I think it was called The Water Babies and I've also been looking for it.
The Lonely Book is going on my list.

Shan said...

It's great having a fave book from our childhood, and a back up if that one can't be found. Definitely sounds like a book that should be on shelves of kids everywhere.