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A Living Book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 2, 2021
C. S. Lewis once said "A children's book which is good only to children must, of necesity, be a bad children's book." This book was written for children - well, middle-schoolers - but it's a beautiful book, warm and rich and moving. I loved spending time with Katie and Lynn, loved being a part of their world and their culture.
I first picked up this book because I thought it would be like a children's version of A Passage to India and The Namesake, two books I love because they capture perfectly how I feel as an American living in Peru; never quite fitting in to Peruvian culture, but also no longer fitting in to American culture.
The book does touch lightly on those themes, but the focus is much, much more on the strength of the relationship between the two sisters. It reminded me a lot of my sister, even though our relationship was very different, and I loved it for that.
Kira Kira is a living book - Charlotte Mason fans and most homeschoolers will know what I mean - and deserves its place on my shelves and in my heart.
And yes, I cried at the end. :)