Heroines from the past
Dr. Peggy Sullivan,
"To find heroines who lived in the same places, saw the same hills and rivers, and walked the same paths enhances the thrill of reading for girls today. Kentucky’s long and rich history and its traditional respect for the past make it an ideal setting for a new group of heroines from the past.
"The foundation is proud to support Northern Kentucky artists like Rebecca Mitchell Turney, who writes young adult historical fiction, set in Kentucky, with strong young heroines. Her work is a great example of how feminist art can build self-esteem in young girls. Reading about girls their own age in another time period living bold lives can shape youth’s perceptions of what is possible for women and girls today."
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George Ella Lyon,
"`Tis a Gift blends the timeless — a child's experience of not fitting in — and the historic.
"Tad Johnson is an orphan placed with the Shakers at Pleasant Hill. Tad's gifts and the suffering necessary to become reconciled with them are at the heart of this adventuresome tale. Through his journey, we glimpse a time and community very different from ours, even as we learn that the issues of self-acceptance and belonging are always the same.
"Tad's story offers much to learn from and discuss. Don't miss it!"
"I truly enjoyed reading this book. Although it is written for 10 year-old girls, it is more than that. ... This is a book to give to anyone on your Christmas list."
Couldn't put it down.
"I was immediately bonded with the main character, Betsy, and could hardly put the book down wondering what was going to happen next. I loved Grace and wish I knew her in real life!
The storyline had a few twists and turns but at the end everything worked out. I am waiting for the next book in the series so I can continue the journey with Betsy!"
"`Tis a Gift has so many talking points-from bullying to fitting in, dealing with physical limitations to finding your own special gift. It's a great addition to a school or classroom library.
"My students have enjoyed reading about historical Shaker society in both books. It's a unique part of Kentucky heritage and the novels make their studies come to life. The books have both been quite popular within my library and my students are anxiously awaiting the next adventure from Pleasant Hill!"
Wonderful story and characters
"You have an idea that hasn’t been done to death! ... You’ve done a good job of characterizing Betsy — I had a good feel for her immediately. Your writing is clean, and your descriptions are lovely."
"The characters were delightful, the story heartwarming, the illustrations fabulous. A great read even for an adult but my nieces, young friends, grandkids will enjoy the gift even more."
"Kind of a throwback to books we read when we were kids. An interesting and inspirational tale in the spirit of the "Little House on the Prairie" series."
Briolette (Amazon user name)
"The authors' historical research creates an authentic account of living with the Shakers. Engaging illustrations add visual realism and emotion to the characters` actions.
Experience the life and the community of Shakers through a young girl's eyes. All aboard for the stagecoach ride to Pleasant Hill!
"The story is well-written and well-researched and does not fall into the trap that catches so many others who attempt to write Shaker fiction. ... The treatment of the Shakers is balanced, fair, non-judgmental and open."
"This book, which my 11-year-old daughter really enjoyed, has been carefully researched and beautifully illustrated. I always like offering my children books that they can enjoy, but that also teach them something along the way. The authors ... caught the feel for 19th century life ... made me feel like I was back in the 1830s."
Great for class use
"What a rare find this is! As a fellow Kentuckian and a fourth grade teacher, I know the difficulty in trying to locate children’s literature that incorporates a slice of life of Kentucky to accompany the social studies curriculum and Kentucky core requirements. It’s wonderful to read a story that reflects on the common wealth of our Commonwealth!"
"The kids were very anxious to visit the village and see first-hand where Betsy had lived. Many children commented on the buildings they saw and (related them to) scenes from the book. ... It was really neat to see them make this connection between a fictional story and a historical site."