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Writing and Reading and Editing, O My!

I am a writer, reviewer, teacher, and editor. I pick up and discard new obsessions on a regular basis. Right now I'm wild about the work of Brandon Sanderson and Bryce Moore. Longer-running favorites include Patricia McKillip and Mary Gentle. Information about me and my humble scribblings may be found at http://www.leonawisoker.com

Currently reading

Writing the Breakout Novel
Donald Maass, Anne Perry
What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control Through the Power of Reason
Elliot D. Cohen
Coyote Wisdom: Healing Power in Native American Stories
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants
Alfred Savinelli
Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays
Jason Fisher
The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900-2007
Alissa Burger
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
Emily Ansara Baines
Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success
Deborah Grayson Riegel
Caution: Faulty thinking can be harmful to your happiness: logic for everyday living
Elliot D Cohen

Ferradiddledumday: An Appalachian Version of Rumpelstiltskin

Ferradiddledumday: An Appalachian Version of Rumpelstiltskin - Becky Mushko, Bruce Rae This book is billed as "An Appalachian Version of Rumplestiltskin", and fills that description very well indeed. From the cover shot of rolling hills to the rough illustrations and the language used ("Oh, Pa ... Surely they'd not do that."), this book takes the reader into what is, for me at least, a whole new world. I found this book well-crafted, with deft touches like marking the passing of time by calling out what local plants are in bloom throughout the story. While the basic story remains the same underneath, it's been given a very attractive and interesting new coat. It is obviously designed to be read aloud, and given that I've heard the author read in public before, I couldn't help hearing her rich voice in my head throughout. It made the book a very fun read, and I suspect parents who like reading to their kids, or kids that like hearing books read to them, will love this remake as much, if not more than, the original.