Our Only May Amelia (Harper Trophy Books (Paperback)) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/4/24
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It isn′t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it′s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can′t seem to abide her family′s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. She′s sure she could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama′s going to have a baby, maybe there′s hope.
Inspired by the diaries of her great-aunt, the real May Amelia, first-time novelist Jennifer Holm has given us a beautifully crafted tale of one young girl whose unique spirit captures the courage, humour, passion and depth of the American pioneer experience.
∗Newbery Honour Book (USA), 2000
"An unforgettable heroine narrates Holm's extraordinary debut novel. May Amelia's spunky narrative voice gives the novel its immediacy and potency. Not to be missed."--"Publishers Weekly"The voice of the colloquial first-person narrative rings true and provides a vivid picture of frontier and pioneer life in Washington State in 1899."Horn Book"The robust characterizations captivate, the lilting dialogue twangs, and the sharply individual first-person narrative gives the material authority and polish."Kirkus Reviews商品の説明をすべて表示する
Likes: I immediately fell in love with May. I love her voice and her brightness and sweetness and awesomeness. I loved her liberal use of capitalization. I loved her seven brothers, even eventually ornery ol Kaarlo. It was a fascinating glimpse into a history I had no idea existed; a 1899 settlement in Washington state. There was an interesting cast of characters, mostly May's family, but a few neighbors as well. Life in that time was difficult and scary, but seeing everything through the spicy tom-boy May Amelia's point-of-view was great. I particularly loved the family dynamics. All the love and rivalry, and seeing what May saw but interpreting it differently as a parent than she did as a 12 year old. She thought her Pa was mean and hated her while I could easily see how much he adored her and was trying to protect her from a difficult and dangerous world. It never occurred to May, which is very childlike and I think authentic.
Dislikes: None to mention, but there is a very sad part that might be disturbing to some readers. Is it standard to make children cry (Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, the Yearling, etc)? I guess it Teaches You A Lot About Life.