Tag Archives: short stories

Necklace of Raindrops

by Joan Aiken
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Category: Folk Tale

Personal Evaluation: Joan Aiken’s name caught my eye since I really enjoyed her Wolves series when I was younger, so I had to give this a shot. Also a librarian I really respect recommended it, but overall I thought it was just okay.

What might interest children: The stories are entertaining and good for kids who have long memorized the classic fairy tales as these ones are definitely original (even a little too off-the-wall for my taste) but you can still identify the elements of a classic fairy tale in them.

The Library Card

by Jerry Spinelli

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve been meaning to read something by Jerry Spinelli and this one slid across my check-in desk at work the other day.  The title grabbed my attention so I tucked it away for lunchtime.  Somehow I missed the fact that it was short stories and so I was waiting for all the characters to be brought together.  For a while I thought they all lived near each other and then it became clear that was impossible.  Then I thought maybe the card itself was magical; also false.  As individual stories, they are charming and real, if slightly exaggerated in some areas.  But I think most kids could probably find themselves in one of the four protagonists and be happy.  Just as a word of warning though, they are definitely all separate stories, so don’t expect them to come to any grand conclusion!  My friend H gave me a new assignment for Spinelli, that I’m to read Maniac Magee as she considers it his best, so stay tuned for that review!