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Tackles problems with social development but awkwardly
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
I accidentally purchased this book as a prime free preview, but read it because I am an early childhood educator. I'm not sure what happened to the story between concept and print but perhaps it was over edited? Or tried to hard to show childhood thought processes? Or perhaps there are actual pages missing from my kindle version? The story seemed to leave parts of the plot hanging unresolved and unexplained. The child Agnes , is lacking social skills because she has always played alone, this is a very real problem children are facing in our current pandemic world. Unfortunately this story leaves too many inferences needing to be made by the reader. As a teacher I would need to heavily rely on stopping the story to ask questions of my class in order for them to understand that there was a problem in Agnes' social cues that led to her very real heart break and missed opportunities for finding friendship earlier. When Agnes finally meets Anna, the connection between the two (although beautiful and touching in concept) is too abstract for a child to naturally understand when reading. I have certainly seen strong child friendships formed over owning the same shirt but the reader can too easily miss the very figurative analogy of "the universe opening" it needed to plainly state that they were instant best friends.
Would I use this book in my classroom if it was given to me? Maybe, since it tackles a growing common problem in child development, but I could never leave it in a substitute lesson or to a guest reader, because too much work needs to be done by the reader to understand the objective.