Why Read? According to Ursula K. Le Guin…

Ursula K. Le Guin Photo © by Marian Wood Kolisch


“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think or feel–or have done and thought and felt; or might do and think and feel–is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become… a person who had never listened to nor read a tale or myth or parable or story, would forever remain ignorant of his own emotional and spiritual heights and depths, would not know quite fully what it is to be human.”

Ursula K. Le Guin


Gifts by Jo Ellen Bogart (Illustrated by Barbara Reid)

Gifts by Jo Ellen Bogart and Barbara Reid

Gifts is about a girl and her grandma. Whenever the grandma goes on a trip, before she leaves, she asks: “What would you have me bring?

The grandma travels to Africa, China, India, and so on. I like that the grandma is so nice, that she travels all around, and that every time she goes somewhere she brings back a present. What I like the most is that none of the gifts are toys. The girl asks for stuff like a baobab seed, a didgeridoo, a rainbow to wear as a ring, and a long white hair from a polar bear. But I think the grandma is a bit too nice. What if she gets poor from travelling everywhere?

I recommend this book to anyone who likes poetry combined with story. Or to those who like travelling.

Eagan, age 9

Review copy purchased.

Gifts is illustrated by Barbara Reid using Plasticine. Remember our review of Fox Walked Alone?