Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rocking the Boat

Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
(Narrative Poetry)
This book is beautiful and powerful and gentle and heartbreaking and all this just on the first page!
One of my very favorite kinds of books is this--narrativ poetry storytelling at its best.  While I could waste time on the plot and story, I won't because it isn't the best part of this story.  Don't get me wrong, the story is frightening and heartbreaking but there's too much here to talk about and too little space.

On the first page, I was enchanted by the designs of the words.  The poems meander with their words like a creek bed in the forests of my youth, pulling the reader gently along.  Other poems are round, stone shaped thoughts that stop the reader. 
Told in a variety of character voices, it is the story of World War and courage and bravery and women's right with love and sickness and loss thrown in for good measure, like a favorite recipe of what the perfect book should be.

To end, one of my new favorite quotes about women's right during a time when women were just discovering the, "Maybe you won't rock a cradle.  Some women prefer to rock the boat."
Don't be fooled by the Newberry Honor, it is as much for adults as for young people and probably more so.

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