ASSOCIATES (2018, November, v. 25, no. 2)

Feature – Reader Response

If you are buying a book as a present for someone, adult or child, what would it be and why?

Radium Girls by Kate Moore for my sisters.

It was a subject I had known little about and this book spurred my interest to read further about the glowing girls. It was easy to read, very informative and written in a way so that I could hardly wait to get back to it and read more of this bit of women’s history. I know my sisters will enjoy it and I have one brother-in-law that just might pick it up!!
Thanks for asking.
Sharon Price

I buy to their interests. So, for my dad, a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan, I bought Cujo. It’s a biography of Curtis Joseph, retired Leafs goaltender. For my almost-8-year-old son, I bought a book about Minecraft, which he’s just discovered & thinks is the Best. Thing. Ever.

Erica Mayhew
Library Technician
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Although it is technically a book designed for children, I am buying the book “The Lost Words” by Robert MacFarlane for families and for a couple of school libraries. I heard him interviewed on CBC, talking about how these words were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The book is stunning.

Vivian Walker
Vancouver, BC, Canada

I learned amazing news recently: I will be a grandmother in June 2019! So now, what I badly want to buy are books about pregnancies, about parenting, and of course, books for the baby to come! I actually already purchased one book: “Dans mon coeur de grand-mère” (In my grand-mother heart). Can’t wait to read it to my future grand-child!

Nathalie Gauthier
Senior Information Technician
Research and Information Centre

I would choose “Why Dogs” series of books. They are just delightful with rhyming verse and the illustrations encourage thorough exploration.

Created and crafted in Tasmania.

Noelene Westerneng
Library Assistant
Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library
Launceston, Tasmania

If I am buying a book for a young child, I always chose one by David McPhail. The stories and illustrations are always so sweet and have a nice message to children. He holds a special place in my heart because he grew up my hometown and used the library where I work now (Newburyport, MA).

Joyce Senior
Newburyport Public Library
Newburyport, MA

Big Blue Sky by Peter Garrett, because I’m a huge Midnight Oil Fan & Powerworker.

Jennifer O’Connell
Circulation Assistant
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
Wakefield, MA

I could not come up with just one book. I read all of the following except Syrian Yankee when I was in sixth grade. That was the year I more access to books than any time in my life until I was an adult. I read every book we got from the Book Mobile, and every biography in my teacher’s office. I must have read over 150 books that school year. No wonder my mother said, “Anytime I wanted you, you had your nose stuck in a book.” That was my mother’s biggest complaint about me as a child growing up.

Snow Treasure
I read this as a child and the story has stayed with me for over 57 years. It showed the bravery and dedication of the children and the adults who assisted them as Norway’s gold was moved to the coast where it was loaded onto a submarine and later to, I think America for safe keeping. The book showed the humanness of the German guard they passed on most or all trips.

“A children’s novel by Marie McSwigan. Set in Nazi-occupied Norway during World War II, it recounts the story of several brave Norwegian children who use sleds to smuggle their country’s gold to the coast. It has been in print ever since. The book was made into a movie of the same name in 1968, directed by Irving Jacoby” – paraphrased from the internet.

Amos Fortune Free Man
I read this book in sixth grade. I don’t remember the whole story, but it is a book remember impacted me deeply. I still remember the cover picture and it hasn’t changed in over 57 years.

“The Newbery Award winner, based on a true story! Captured by slave traders when only fifteen, At-mun never forgot his roots as a prince. Nor did he ever lose his princely dignity and the courage to hold his head high. Sold at auction in America and haunted by the memory of his young sister left behind in Africa, At-mun, now Amos, began his long march to freedom. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true. “It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live,” he often said, and he left a legacy of freedom for himself and others that has immortalized his touching story for us all. Recommended for Grades 3 and up.” -Amazon

Diary of Anne Frank
For obvious reasons.
Her diary gave true insight into families who hid and those who hid them during WWII. It inspired me to read more books about those who hid and those who hid them during the Nazi years of Germany.

I read this book when I was in sixth grade. It resonated with me and I developed a hate relationship with the Nazis. 17 years later I was in the army and assigned to Augsburg, Germany where I developed a love relationship with Germany and its people.

Syrian Yankee by Salom Rizk
Mr. Rizk spoke at my high school the spring of 1967. My boyfriend at the time purchased the book for me. Mr. Rizk never gave up in his quest to become the U.S. citizen he was.

This is the story of Mr. Rizk’s year’s long struggle to prove his right to American citizenship. His parents had immigrated to the United States. When it was time to deliver her baby Mr. Rizk’s mother went back to Syria. She either died in child birth or shortly thereafter. It took him many years to prove his U.S. citizenship and be able to immigrate to the States. He never gave up and was so thankful for American citizenship.

Helen Keller
What can you say about this wild child (through no fault of her own) who grew to become an educated woman through the teaching and guidance of Anne Sullivan her teacher. After reading this book I practiced walking through our house at night with no lights on or my eyes closed because I thought, “You never know when you could become blind.” Through these 57 years I continue to navigate the 10 homes where I’ve lived in the dark.

Helen Keller gave me much empathy for those who are blind/visually impaired or deaf/ hearing impaired and especially those who are both blind and deaf.

All of my choices showed strong characters, resilience, obstacles overcome and success. Their stories are timeless and still relevant today. Anne Frank died in Bergen-Belsen, but her story lives on and will continue to do so.

Diann Cullen