Richard Peck and the Role of a Book

" Possibly the greatest role a book can play in the lives of young readers is o assure them that they aren't alone."

~  Richard Peck

You are absolutely correct, Richard.  I can attest that books, when I was younger especially, were my friends.  I didn't' feel alone in the world with a good book in my hands, no matter what the outer environment was - whether I was home alone, home with people I'd rather not be with at the time, or at school surrounded by bullies and people who put on airs like they were better than anyone else (now that I'm older I realize those were most likely their own protective shields since they didn't know how to escape in books!)

Little Women, I recall, captivated me in 5th grade.  Inside that book I had friends - The March family understood strife-  and they taught me to continue looking for the beauty in the world around me as strife surrounded myself and them.  Of course, our challenges were different- but it was an association that young minds (and adults) can make.

Living Books (there's that Charlotte Mason term!) provide this to children - characters and concepts they can identify with.  Surround  your child with books of good quality and amazing characters.  It may be one of the best things you do for them.

As a side note, Richard Peck is a well known author of young adult literature including the Newberry Medal for A Year Down Yonder.  Other popular titles include A Long Way From Chicago, The River Between Us and Are You in the House Alone?

Random Thoughts On a Saturday:

  • Sugar should not be a staple ingredient.
  • Vegetables should be.
  • The Red Badge of Courage is not one of those books that pull the reader in and assure the reader that he or she is not alone..... good book....yes, it's a classic... but did not pull me in at all. (more on that later this week)
  • Little boys look adorable when they put their own pants on....backwards.
  • "A Writer who isn't 'serious' isn't a writer at all."  ~ E.B. White
  • I've been going through some of my blogs stats - It seems these are the top most read posts - here are the links if you are interested and haven't read them yet:  Those People Who Always Make You Smile (I really should follow this one up),  Russian Christmas Customs, and Our Food Story.
  • I have 98 followers!!  It's exciting to see the numbers grow.  I would never have imagined this in the beginning 🙂

2 thoughts on “Richard Peck and the Role of a Book

    1. orthodoxmom3

      I agree Vijaya! There are some books that I just cling too and look to for strength.. The Bible is number one of course- but books about characters that come to life in your mind are indeed like wonderful friends that can always be counted on.

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