Happy Wednesday, all! So this week I’m recommending something a little different. Still in the vein of literature, but not really adult literature. Today, I’m going to admit that I like reading children’s books sometimes! No shame in that. Reading is reading. And sometimes, children’s books have seriously profound messages. So don’t judge me with your judging eyes, okay?
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
Rating: 5/5 would recommend/steal a car for/bury in the woods/etc.
Summary: This story starts with a young girl named Zinny, who lives in a tiny town in Kentucky. Within the first couple of pages, we learn that Zinny has recently lost her Aunt Jessie, whom she was very close with. So as a thirteen year old girl with a stubborn, aching heart, Zinny sets off to find something to occupy her time. She discovers an overgrown trail in the woods and decides to make her mark on the world by uncovering it. Every summer morning, Zinny jumps out of bed and runs past her (many) brothers and sisters, eager to get to the trail.
This is a sweet, enrapturing coming-of-age story with some hidden wisdom. Zinny is welcomed into the real world with loss, love, and adventure. Sharon Creech, in case you’ve never read anything by her, is one of the most accomplished children’s book writers to walk the face of the earth. You can grow up with her books, and you probably did.
Actually, while I’m on the subject of Sharon Creech, I’ll throw out that I spent a whole summer reading her books one year and searched for them a couple years ago because they resonated with me so deeply. Every one of her books are different, but equally influential. In case you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of Sharon Creech. Is there a box set? Anyone wanna research that for me?
A short recommendation for a very long Wednesday, but it’s all I’ve got, so it’ll have to do. I hope you’ve all had a good week and finish it off strong! And this weekend, you can chill out and grab a Sharon Creech book. Ha.
Have a good week you guys!
Thank you for reading!