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Book Title: Albert|
The author of the book: Donna Jo Napoli
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.80 MB
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: June 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9780152052492
Read full description of the books:Such a wonderful, beautiful, touching story! I'm struggling to write a review because I just loved this so much and it's hard to put into words all the feelings I experienced while reading it. On the one hand, it's a very real story about a young man who struggles with anxiety about leaving his home--he always wants to go, but something frightens him and makes him feel that he would much rather stay inside and do things. He tends to think of all the negatives in the world. On the other, it's a rather fantastical story about a pair of birds who build a nest in Albert's hand one day when he is leaning out the window of his apartment. Because he is such a kind, gentle individual, Albert stays with the bird nest in his hand while the mother bird lays her eggs and the father bird brings food... he stays until the eggs hatch. And while he stays at the window, he can't help but look out at the world, and realize something he hadn't realized before...
I don't want to give away the ending, but it's beautiful! While I think here Albert is just meant to be a bit shy and a homebody, I couldn't help but maybe he could also represent someone with Asperger's or or other syndromes where social interaction seems intimidating. I don't know particulars so I may be wrong, but it does seem like maybe this would be a good book for some children who, for whatever reason, find going out into the world a bit scary or intimidating. In any case, I think many of us can relate to how sometimes the world seems like a negative, scary place yet we can also find such beauty, such kindness, and many great surprises if we take the time to look and to be involved. The illustrations are a perfect complement to the story--I love Jim LaMarche!
Dedicating my review, with many thanks to Jeannette, you know why ;-)
Read information about the authorFrom her website:
Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.
Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear Taxi died in 2009.
She lives outside Philadelphia. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarthmore College. It was at UM that she earned tenure (in 1981) and became a full professor (in 1984). She has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and Capital Normal University of Beijing (China), as well as lectured at the University of Sydney (Australia), Macquarie University (Australia), the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). In the area of linguistics she has authored five books (one of which is being translated into Korean), co-authored four (one of which is in Italian), edited one, and co-edited four (with a fifth in press), ranging from theoretical linguistics to practical matters in language structure and use, including matters of interest to d/Deaf people. She has held grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation.
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