Of the many memoirs I have read of this historic series of events, I was struck by the reading ease and engaging style of Robert Ambros s A Brief Sun. I
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, Oct 29, 2003
Of the many memoirs I have read of this historic series of events, I was struck by the reading ease and engaging style of Robert Ambros's "A Brief Sun." I taught children's literature to elementary education majors in college and am familiar with literary qualities that appeal to younger people. My impression as I read the book was that it is suitable to a broad audience, beginning with the upper elementary. It engages adults too (but so do many children's books--note the example of the Harry Potter books' popularity with adults).
"A Brief Sun" is a fictionalized account of real events experienced by the author's family. Many children are introduced to further study through historical fiction. One caution: some scenes during the battle for Monte Cassino are graphic, but today's children have been exposed to violent video games and explicit television and films (as well as television news programs) so they may not be as disturbed as we old-timers are. In the last two decades, children's literature has taken on much more serious topics (Holocaust, child abuse, broken homes) than in previous eras, at least in the U.S.
Hope this helps.
Warren, Michigan USA
In a message dated 10/29/2003 6:29:37 AM Eastern Standard Time, Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com writes:
Specifically, I went to www.AForgottenOdyssey.com
<http://www.AForgottenOdyssey.com> and saw many books. I ordered the
videotape, but I cannot tell which (if any) of the materials are written for
a younger audience. Even though a memoir might be about someones experience
as a 10 - 16 year old, it might not necessary be aimed at that youthful
reading audience. I want my son to enjoy studying this. If he goes to
books intended for adults, he will probably get turned off.
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