Our Only May Amelia (Harper Trophy Books (Paperback)) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/5/1
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An exceptional and unique book on the life of a young Finnish girl and her immigrant family, and the challenges they face
2016年5月7日 - (Amazon.com)
May Amelia Jackson is a twelve year old girl with seven brothers, who lives with her family on the banks of the Nasel River in Washington state. Her parents came to America and settled in a small community of mostly Finnish speaking immigrants. May Amelia and her brothers attend a small school where they are learning to speak, read, and write the English language. The year is 1899, and May Amelia is an overall wearing tomboy who is constantly trying to prove that she can do anything as good as her brothers can do. They live on a farm raising crops, sheep, and a few cattle. May Amelia is more at home mucking out the barn, then wearing a dress or doing women's work. Her brothers call her a miracle baby because she is the only girl born in this small community. However, May Amelia's hardworking mother is with child, and May Amelia's greatest wish is for a baby sister. May Amelia's father is a stern man, who is constantly angry and nagging about May Amelia's need to try to act like a young lady. When her father's even sterner and disagreeable mother moves in with the family, the family situation becomes harder to bear as more hardships are heaped on May Amelia and her mother by her ornery grandmother. This book gives a fresh look of a Finnish community, their traditions, family interactions, and the role of the extended family of immigrants as they adjust to living in America. May Amelia is a lively, spirited young girl who is always seeking adventures. In a time when the role of women was as a homemaker, a spirited young girl was sure to create clashes and challenges in a house of strong characters. This is a memorable book, with the highs and lows of life for a young girl in a hardworking family, trying to make a living when poverty was the norm and not the exception. Yet, this book is also centered on family dynamics, and the love and strength that comes from a close family bond. This is a book that I will be thinking about for a long time to come.
Ms. Rossum brings an unforgettable character to life
2002年10月17日 - (Amazon.com)
While agreeing with all the positive comments of the other reviewers, I'd like to recommend the *audiobook* version of this wonderful story. Emmy Rossum's reading has just the right ring of tomboyish flair and derring-do, while managing to also convey a tremendous heart. (Ms. Rossum was spot-on perfect in the film "Song Catcher" and added important layers in it just as she does to this book. I mark her as an interpreter to watch.) Using her voice so artfully, "our only" May Amelia begins to win her way into our hearts. What an unforgettable character. Rossum's pacing and idiosyncratic turns of speech seem unselfconsciously natural, and her authentic-sounding rising vocal inflections paint indelible word pictures in the mind. Although a rebellious rascal, May Amelia is actually behaving in the only way open to a curious, intelligent, imaginative girl in turn-of-the-century Northwest. This kind of character, as May Amelia, will forever live in the voice of Ms. Rossum, to me. I could even detect flavorings of the woman she (the character) would become. Whatever problems a reader might have with the misspellings and quirky typography of the printed version, this audiobook will naturally overcome. Makes it a perfect choice for problem readers, to get them interested in books and hooked on their imaginations. Also great as a travel companion on long trips. Importantly, the audiobook is an unabridged version of this captivating historical, semiautobiographical (based on real diaries) novel, with an afterword by the author in her own voice.
Growing up is hard to do
2014年4月19日 - (Amazon.com)
An award-winning classic that gives a genuine feel for the pioneer life in the "Little Finland" of the Pacific Northwest. Characterization is deftly handled, and the narrative moves well, with no stumbling. This story could easily have been swamped by an overly sentimental treatment, but the author avoided this with deft, realistic depictions.
This is a wonderful book. I am a very picky reader and ...
2017年11月17日 - (Amazon.com)
This is a wonderful book. I am a very picky reader and I LOVED this book. I like the pictures befor each chapter.May Amelia's narrative is funny and interesting .Great book.
2017年8月21日 - (Amazon.com)