Oh, dear God, it hurt to read that.
I shared those quotes because I particularly liked them, but also because they illustrate what bothers me about reading this book, why I don't think it stuck to me. My mind mostly glided jerkily over the words. It's the punctuation. Or lack thereof.
Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington (UK Link, Canadian link)- This is her own one-woman play of her childhood spent living in the New York City library where her father was the care-taker. IT was marvelous, magical, and hard and difficult at times too, because of dysfunction in the family for reasons I do not wish to spoil. It's really well done- this story is bigger than any box, and I think of several scenes she recounted many times. I would let a kid about grade 4 and up listen to it- maybe younger, it's just that I don't think the younger ones would follow the story that well.
Story is set in the days of the Monmouth rebellion up until the beginning of the reign of Prince William.
We follow the adventures and misfortunes of Peter Blood, soldier, doctor, sailor, and more. He's caught on the wrong side of the Monmouth rebellion purely through accident and then some malice- he wasn't on either side, but was treating a wounded soldier. He's sold into slavery and sent to an island plantation, where abuse and maltreatment abound, and everything about it is horrible. His circumstances are somewhat mitigated by the fact that he is a doctor and the island governor likes his (free) services, but the other doctors don't work for free, not being slaves, and so... but that would be more of a spoiler.
Enjoyable read in general. With the caveat that:
Dated references to negroes and blacks as property/objects, and it's awkward and frustrating. . Blood is, himself a slave, but there is a dehumanizing difference. However, the African slaves are not really a significant part of the story itself, so this is not on every page.
And I read a couple of books about life in the Philippines that were so disappointing I am not going to link them, and a couple science books that I am not going bother reviewing because they were disappointing as well. IT's been fun to have more access to real books again!
$5.00- Education for All, a new CM journal, Feed Your Mind! This issue contains several articles on handicrafts, outdoor play, nature study and science. See sidebar for purchasing options if you are in the Philippines.
$3.00 Five Little Peppers and How They Grew Copywork (grades 2/3, carefully selected with an eye toward finely crafted sentences, lovely bits of writing pleasant to picture in the mind's eye, and practice in copying some of the mechanics of grammar and punctuation typically covered in these years.