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Well-known blogger and newspaper columnist, Smucker, once again writes so vividly in this collection of essays about life with her six kids, that you'll be convinced you have a place at their table, your own seat in their van, a list of chores with your name at the top, and a small hankering for trouble -- just like one of the family.
Get ready for another rollicking reading ride -- when you can't tell if the tears you suddenly find on your cheeks are from laughing or from crying. Dorcas Smucker once again writes so vividly about life with her six kids that you'll be convinced you have a place at their table, your own seat in their van, a list of chores with your name at the top, and a small hankering for trouble -- just like one of the family. She and her kids are innocently funny and usually well-meaning, trying hard to manage all their energy and their peculiar points of view.
Jenny asks questions endlessly like, "What's inside your lips?" Matt has serial obsessions -- animals to astronomy. Ben drops caterpillars down the gaps in the porch floor and has a 12-year collection of scars. Emily moves effortlessly from being a whirling Queen of the Smuckers to posing as a pompous science lecturer. Amy phones home to report that, "New York City is not dangerous," and "We girls walk outside at night." And 9-year-old Steven from Kenya joins the family, soon demonstrating the same compulsion as his new brothers by throwing balls in the living room.
What makes this collection a stand-out is Dorcas' "Mother voice." With each new development, she's clear about the outcome she's hoping for, less certain about how she'll accomplish it, willing to confess the way things unfold. Dorcas Smucker, writer and mom, is bravely honest and hilariously humble. She never fails to give courage to any parent who reads these joyride chapters, while relentlessly entertaining.
A chapter book for young readers seven to nine years of ageAs seven year old, Princess Emery, searches for her cats in the isolated back hallways of the castle she notices a strange light at the bottom of the tower stairs. Upon investigation, she unexpectedly finds herself in the room of "forgotten characters". With the help of a pirate, a ballerina, a circus ringmaster and a dragon, Princess Emery must discover how to help each of her new friends return to their stories while discovering her own story's ending.The Light at the Bottom of the Stairs is part of the Thisseldar series. However, it is a stand-alone story. Thisseldar books do not need to be read in order. The stories tell the adventures of Princess Emery, who lives in the imaginary Kingdom of Thisseldar.
"This humorous story features a grumpy old man and an eccentric old woman. Both refuse to take advice from their friends. Eventually, their stubborn behaviour causes all kinds of confusion.Genre: HumourReading Age: 8.8 - 9.2 years
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