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1. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper
2. To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary
3. Harper Lee (Up Close)
4. To Kill a Mockingbird [Mass Market
5. To Kill a Mockingbird (slipcased
6. I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper
7. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
8. To Kill a Mockingbird
9. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
10. Racism in Harper Lee's to Kill
11. To Kill A Mockingbird (Barron's
12. On Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections
13. Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (To
14. Harper Lee's to Kill a Mocking
15. To Kill a Mockingbird (Hodder
16. To Kill a Mockingbird
17. Monroeville: The Search for Harper
18. To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's
19. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird:
20. Snow! Snow! Snow!

1. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
by Charles J. Shields
Paperback: 368 Pages (2007-04-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Â"A fine, well-rounded portrait of Harper Lee. Mockingbird is good reading.Â"Â--Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

To Kill a MockingbirdÂ--the twentieth century's most widely read American novelÂ--has sold thirty million copies and still sells a million yearly. Yet despite her book's perennial popularity, its creator, Harper Lee, has become a somewhat mysterious figure. Now, after years of research, Charles J. Shields brings to life the warmhearted, high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who gave us two of American literature's most unforgettable charactersÂ--Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout.
At the center of Shields's evocative, lively book is the story of Lee's struggle to create her famous novel, but her colorful life contains many highlightsÂ--her girlhood as a tomboy in overalls in tiny Monroeville, Alabama; the murder trial that made her beloved father's reputation and inspired her great work; her journey to Kansas as Truman Capote's ally and research assistant to help report the story of In Cold Blood. MockingbirdÂ--unique, highly entertaining, filled with humor and heartÂ--is a wide-ranging, idiosyncratic portrait of a writer, her dream, and the place and people whom she made immortal.
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5-0 out of 5 stars great companion to the novel
Our book club chose To Kill A Mockingbird for our October meeting (and if you haven't re-read that in a while, treat yourself - it just gets better and better!) and one member suggested we read her biography as well.It was a wonderful idea!Charles Shields has written an in depth, extensively researched book about Harper Lee which is a wonderful companion to her novel.He uncovers many of the mysteries surrounding her one and only novel and gives greater insight into her life then and now, including her continued loyalty to Truman Capote even while he did not reciprocate.I especially enjoyed the section on the making of the movie To Kill A Mockingbird, which like the book is one of the all time greats!I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the novel, the movie and Harper Lee!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written & Well Researched
I really enjoyed this book.It was very well written and thoroughly researched thus making it quite a pleasure to read.Nelle HarperLee has a complex personality and a huge heart.Surely one can tell from reading this book that she is not only a very gifted person in many aspects but also has a wonderful perception of life.Reading this book made me feel like she is my treasured friend and someone who has my total admiration.If you like biographies, you will enjoy this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Readable and Respectful

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee - Charles Shields
4 stars

This was a very readable, well-organized biography. Charles Shields used available information to develop a clear picture of Harper Lee. I was very interested to learn about both her childhood friendship and adult working relationship with Truman Capote. Shields does a good job of charting her growth as a young writer in college through the publication of her book.Although he offered several possible explanations why she never published another novel, he was for the most part respectful of the woman's privacy.As a reader, I felt I had enough information to draw my own conclusions

5-0 out of 5 stars Mockingbird:A Portrait of Harper Lee
The book is in excellent condition.Just as the seller said.Fast shipping.Will do business again.Thank you, Ann

4-0 out of 5 stars Harper Lee
Am reading the book.I think the author has done well considering the fact he had no interviews with Ms. Lee. ... Read more

2. To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
by Harper Lee
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2010-05-01)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$13.55
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Asin: 0061743526
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many dis-tinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. It was also named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (Library Journal). HarperCollins is proud to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication with this special hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty great book!
what a great drama! I tell everyone I know to read it so it doesn't stay a secret outside of school. my favorite part was when the town loses its TEMPER and becomes an angry mob!

5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite Book Ever!
I've read this book fifteen times and I love it to death!Everyone should read it right now!Go Scout!

5-0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird
Everyone should have this book in their collection. It is a classic story of who did right by his convictions and his family. If you have never read the book, it should be on your list of books to read.Amazon had a great price for the anniversary edition so I bought it. It arrived within a few days and happily I just finished reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most famous novels to have ever been written. It is a fiction story told from the perspective of young Scout Finch, the daughter of Maycomb, Alabama's lawyer, Atticus Finch. The novel is set in the deep South in the 1930's, during the country's Great Depression. The essence of the book deals with Atticus' struggles in defending a black man accused of raping a white woman and the repercussions that Scout and Jem deal with. Boo Hadley, the town recluse, and the children form a friendship and all become involved in the trial as well. I love this book because it is a wonderful read and it deals with many relevant issues today. This book is a classic and should be read over and over by both students and adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars very good
I bought this book for a friend who is in a nursing home.It was a nice book and came in good time.Thank you. ... Read more

3. Harper Lee (Up Close)
by Kerry Madden
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2009-03-19)
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Asin: 0670010952
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Nelle Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and became an instant bestseller. Two years later it was an Academy Award– winning film. Today, it remains standard—and beloved—reading in English classes. But Lee never wanted “the book” to define who she was, which explains her aversion to any kind of publicity. Kerry Madden conducted extensive research for this Up Close biography, which reveals Lee to be a down-to-earth Southern woman who enjoys baseball games and playing golf—and whose one and only published book happened to win the Pulitzer Prize. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Biography of Harper Lee
This hardcover book was in excellent condition and looks great on the coffee table.Can't wait for summer to start reading about my favorite author.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sure Winner From Kerry Madden
When I discovered that Kerry Madden was writing a biography about Harper Lee, I knew I had to read it. After all, it would be about my absolute favorite author and my all-time favorite book. Without fail, I devour every single word spoken by narrator, Scout, each time (I've lost count) I read To Kill A Mockingbird. Add one of the most talented and delightful authors, Kerry Madden, to the mix and it's a sure winner.

The young adult author of Gentle's Holler, Jesse's Mountain, and Louisiana Song, the Maggie Valley Trilogy set in 1960s North Carolina, has written the story of Nelle (pronounced Nail in her South Alabama hometown, Monroeville) Harper Lee with loving warmth. I have an idea how much the "Mockingbird" author means to Madden because detailed research and interviews leave no stone unturned.

Nelle, was as much a tomboy as narrator, Scout. This is probably one of the reasons I so identify with the book. Jane Hybart, a childhood friend writes that, during a softball game, she intercepted a ground ball hit by Nelle and was set to tag her out at first base. Instead of letting that happen, Nelle plowed right over Jane, knocking her flat. "Like a freight train," Jane recalled. Nelle was also wild about football, and played center on her hometown 4th grade football team and had no problem. My kinda gal!

I found Harper Lee's insecurity about her writing, refreshing. Reading through the early years of her life, it was easy to see the huge influence played by her supportive father; even if he did think giving up law school to move to New York to write, was an "unpractical profession." He thought she'd be much happier staying in Alabama writing for the Monroeville Journal. Had it not been for the encouragement of an old friend, Truman Capote, perhaps she would've backed out and the world might never have read, "He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."

I hesitate to give away anymore tidbits about the life of Nelle Harper Lee, her family and friends, because you need to read and savor this bio for yourself. Although she was turned down by Ms. Lee to be interviewed for the book, as has everyone else wanting to chronicle her life, Madden barely misses a beat in Harper Lee (Up Close).

Gentle's Holler (Maggie Valley Novels)
Louisiana's Song (Maggie Valley Novels)
Jessie's Mountain (Maggie Valley Novels)
The Magician's Castle
The Magician's Castle (Cynthia's Attic)
WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty

3-0 out of 5 stars Not much new here
I just read "Mockingbird" by Shields and "Up Close" back to back.Shields book was done in 2006, "Up Close" in 2009.There was very little new in "Up Close" that wasn't covered much better and in more detail by Shields.In fact, a lot of the authors' comments seemed almost exact.It's quite amazing that most the citations used were exactly the same.The photo cover for "Up Close" is also the same photo on the back of "Mockingbird," just a mirror version.This version seems a summary of the earlier book.If one wants the shorter version, apparently geared to younger than adult readers, "Up Close" will do, but Shields has also done a "for young readers" version."Up Close" does update Lee's status since 2006, but that's only 5 or 6 small pages in the last chapter.Madden acknowledges Shields' work as an "unofficial biography," but Harper Lee also declined to cooperate with Madden's work, only wished her "the best, whether [she] pursued the project or not."Regardless of which you read, so far, there are no definitive answers to readers' most often asked questions.Facts are provided as available; some suppositions are drawn.The conclusions are up to the reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll love this endearing biography of one of American's best authors!
Nelle Harper Lee is and was a very private person."Nelle," pronounced "nail," in Monroeville was "just plain folks," according to the town librarian, Bunny Hines, but to the rest of the world she was quite something else altogether.She was the author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," and that set her forever apart from all the rest of the plain old folks in the world.In 1964 she became fed up with all the journalistic intrusions into her life and "called it quits on all formal interviews by 1964."She figured if anyone wanted to know anything about her "they should read the book."Millions have and millions more will.

Born on April 28, 1926 into a very talented, loving family she soon became "Dody" to them.She was a rootin' tootin' tomboy who wouldn't quit. She loved to play football and if you didn't watch out she just might stiff-arm you and knock you into tomorrow.There was, in addition to her family, one other person she loved and that was her best friend, Truman Capote.Nelle and another friend, Big Boy swiped his Trimotor Ford Airplane when he wasn't home and decided to fly it off "the slanted roof of the Faulks' barn."Enough said on that one.When Truman left in 1932 their friendship not only survived, but flourished (in spite of her wrecking the Trimotor).Oddly enough the two young next door neighbors became two of the south's treasured authors.In this book you will get a glimpse of Harper Lee you may not have seen before from her childhood, to her life in Manhattan, to Hollywood and back home again.If you want to know, her perhaps you will come away with a "feel" for her that may have escaped you in "Mockingbird" or in classroom lectures.

I enjoyed this book tremendously and read many things about her I never knew before.There were a couple of facts about her mother I would rather not have read, but people need and want to know about Nelle.The book was very well written and reasearched and is far from a plodder.In fact, when I turned the last page I simply wanted it to go on and on.Many have tried to give Nelle's voice to their work, but only she can do that.In the meantime this book, for the young adult, is as good as it gets.The only thing missing was her authorization and in her words, "I may be old, but I'm still breathing."

5-0 out of 5 stars An exceptional survey perfect for readers assigned to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Teens familiar with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will find essential this focus on its author, a reclusive figure who has receives relatively little attention despite her award-winning book. Kerry Madden conducted extensive research and personal interviews in Lee's hometown in Alabama for her biography, making for an exceptional survey perfect for readers assigned to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. ... Read more

4. To Kill a Mockingbird [Mass Market Paperback]
by Harper Lee
Mass Market Paperback: 284 Pages (1988)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Bird
I never had time to read or see To Kill a Mockingbird. I am certainly glad I found time to read the book. The highly dramatic small Southern town story is told from a child's point of view in a very adult & intelligent language.

5-0 out of 5 stars What can you say?
All critics have to sit around and pat each other on the back for having read this novel. There is something so timeless and simply outstanding about this novel that even the most harsh critic will praise it.
All ages, all generations what's not to love? ... Read more

5. To Kill a Mockingbird (slipcased edition)
by Harper Lee
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2006-10-01)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$16.99
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Asin: 0061205699
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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At the age of eight, Scout Finch is an entrenched free-thinker. She can accept her father's warning that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, because mockingbirds harm no one and give great pleasure. The benefits said to be gained from going to school and keeping her temper elude her.

The place of this enchanting, intensely moving story is Maycomb, Alabama. The time is the Depression, but Scout and her brother, Jem, are seldom depressed. They have appalling gifts for entertaining themselves—appalling, that is, to almost everyone except their wise lawyer father, Atticus.

Atticus is a man of unfaltering good will and humor, and partly because of this, the children become involved in some disturbing adult mysteries: fascinating Boo Radley, who never leaves his house; the terrible temper of Mrs. Dubose down the street; the fine distinctions that make the Finch family "quality"; the forces that cause the people of Maycomb to show compassion in one crisis and unreasoning cruelty in another.

Also because Atticus is what he is, and because he lives where he does, he and his children are plunged into a conflict that indelibly marks their lives—and gives Scout some basis for thinking she knows just about as much about the world as she needs to.

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"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his armbadly broken at the elbow.... When enough years had gone by to enableus to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading tohis accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, whowas four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said itbegan the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea ofmaking Boo Radley come out."

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

Like the slow-moving occupants of her fictional town, Lee takes her time getting to the heart of her tale; we first meet the Finches the summer before Scout's first year at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley. At first the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunk and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the children's consciousness. Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. During the trial, the town exhibits its ugly side, but Lee offers plenty of counterbalance as well--in the struggle of an elderly woman to overcome her morphine habit before she dies; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, standing up for what he knows is right; and finally in Scout's hard-won understanding that most people are essentially kind "when you really see them." By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often. --Alix Wilber ... Read more

Customer Reviews (1967)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable
I loved this book. Sissy Spacek was the perfect actor to do the book. She brought it to life. I was sorry when the book was over!

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is one of my favorite books. It is a must read for people of all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird
The characters and story are certainly mid-30's America.I felt as though I lived in the town and knew every character intimately.A fabulous writing style that immerses the reader into the action and emotion of the narrative!Loved this!

4-0 out of 5 stars to kill a mockingbird review
The book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a novel that discusses racist topics, and world problems. Jean Louise Finch (Scout), her brother Jem, and their friend Dill experience many tough situations to learn from that they don't understand as kids, but as they get a little older their dad explains it and it makes sense to them. The kids, along with many others are faced with racism throughout the book and it has a major impact on their lives.
I enjoyed the way Harper Lee wrote most of the book. She used outstanding details and imagery to describe the characters and scenes. I found the way she wrote the courtroom scene very detailed. I could feel the intense emotions flying back and forth between Atticus and Mr. Gilmer as they argued the facts of Tom Robinson's case. Mrs. Lee showed both, Atticus' and Mr. Gilmer's personalities with that one scene alone by how she described their facial expressions and emotions. It showed how calm Atticus is, opposed to how angry, and determined to defeat Atticus Mr. Gilmer is. Most of the novel was very strong.
The book started off a little slow and gradually got more exciting. The author took a while to introduce the characters and their personalities. It took me some time to get in to the book before it pulled me in. The author spent a lot of time on the introduction to make sure she thoroughly described the setting and characters to make it clear to the reader what was going on. Once I got in to the plot I realized that the introduction was extremely helpful to the reader.
This book tells a terrific story along with showing real life problems. It was a fun book that I would recommend to all readers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic banned book
Classic banned book!I read this book back in high school, then decided to pick it back up for this year's banned book week.

Excellent book.I'm not one to get all into the symbolism and deep meanings behind books.With that said, To Kill A Mockingbird is a quick read for anyone who enjoys reading from a child's point of view and/or likes reading historical fiction.Scout, the narrator, is a young girl from about the ages of 7-9.She and her brother Jem, and their friend Dill who is in town only during the summers, have all kinds of imaginitive fun.Meanwhile, Scout and Jem's dad, Atticus, is raising the children by himself while working as a/the lawyer for the town they live in.As a lawyer, Atticus is called to defend a black man who has been accused by a trashy white man of raping his daughter.Given the time period, this is a big deal because of race and people of the town say hateful things to/about Atticus for defending the black man and doing his job.

This is a wonderful coming-of-age type story mixed with some historical references.Great quick read. ... Read more

6. I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee
by Charles J. Shields
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2008-04-01)
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Asin: B003NHR8RU
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels in American literature. It’s also a perennial favorite in highschool English classrooms across the nation. Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a household name. Lee’s life is as rich as her fiction, from her girlhood as a rebellious tomboy to her days at the University of Alabama and early years as a struggling writer in New York City.
Charles J. Shields is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, which he has adapted here for younger readers.What emerges in this riveting portrait is the story of an unconventional, high-spirited woman who drew on her love of writing and her Southern home to create a book that continues to speak to new generations of readers. Anyone who has enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird will appreciate this glimpse into the life of its fascinating author.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic service!
This seller was all about customer service.I could not be more pleased with the quality of the book that I received or the quick response to my questions.I will definitely look for their company when I am purchasing items in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Am Scout
Harper Lee is my favorite living author. I know this was not an authorized bio but I loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A writer's life
This book is extremely approachable.I read it in less than three hours and was glued to every word.I would not say that all teenagers will be wildly enthusiastic about it in the beginning; however, it is great source for excerpts in connection with To Kill a Mockingbird, which will lead many students to read I Am Scout in its entirety. Harper Lee just wanted to write, and seeing her struggle and passion and love (and sometimes hate) for her craft is inspiring.I was surprised by some of the information in the book, especially some of the details about Harper's relationship with Capote and her inspirations for Mockingbird.

I would absolutely recommend this to younger readers and adults as well.Charles J. Shields has a more advanced level biography of Lee, as well, but for a lighter read, I Am Scout is the way to go.

4-0 out of 5 stars Norman the lifeguard english teacher retired
Well, I bought this for Norman. My friend Brenda gave one of her guitar circle parties and instructed people not to bring gifts. That's not possible for me to do so I left Norman's on the pillow in what Brenda calls "Norman's room" (aka the guest room) so I don't know if he liked it or not. One time we were talking about movies and he mentioned that To Kill A Mockingbird was one of his favorties and since I'm sure he's read THAT book, this was the choice. I'm betting he likes it even if it's poorly written. I love the picture of the swing on the cover. So sweet and old fashioned.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Service
The description was very accurate and I recieved the book in a very timely fashion. Thank you!!! ... Read more

7. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's Guides)
Paperback: 96 Pages (2006-06-30)
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Isbn: 0791077640
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bloom's Guides - successor to the acclaimed Bloom's Notes and Bloom's ReviewsComprehensive reading and study guides with a selection of critical excerpts providing a scholarly overview of each workEach book includes a biographical sketch of the author, a descriptive list of characters, an extensive summary and analysis, plus an annotated bibliography ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Incisive and thought-provoking Guide
Harold Bloom's 2004 five star Guide is not to be confused with his 1996 Bloom's Notes, which is a two star affair.

There is something unsettling when a Yale professor writes "Mockingbird 101 for Dummies", which is Bloom's NOTES.[the reviews so far appear to be referring to Bloom's NOTES or the actual Harper Lee text, and not specifically to Bloom's GUIDE]

Bloom's Guide is an erudite critique.Even when he is summarising the essentials of the book, there is heavy intellectual input.Bloom's work is in the first half of the book.There is an interesting detour into Truman Capote, whom he suggests the character Dill is based on.

To give the potential reader a flavour of this magnificent Guide, I have chosen a few samplers:

In The Story Behind the Story, at page 15 "...Mockingbird was written in 1960 and published in New York.Perhaps some of the reason for its immediate popularity is due to the fact that it was not written in 1930's Alabama, whose unjust climate provides the story's fuel, but rather, that it was written at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Five years previous...Rosa Parks...desegregation in Little Rock..."

In Summary and Analysis, at page 29, "There is not one story in "Mockingbird", but several, and the principal plot line is one that is too morally weighty for a child of nine to comprehend.Hence, in an effort not to compromise Scout's childlike perspective, Lee has put the rather weighty aspects of her tale into the mouths of her adults..."

At page 32, "Unlike the men of Maycomb, the women cast an opaque web over the world.Their role in the novel is to obfuscate, whereas Scout has grown up under the tutelage of Atticus, whose purpose in life is to cast light and make things clear..."

Page 41, "Lee did not write her novel in Alabama, she wrote it in New York City at a time when it was not uncommon for liberal college educated elites...to take an interest in African-American rights..." and at Page 42, "(Mockingbird) demonstrates that there are two kinds of gentility in the world - inherited and natural..." and Bloom deftly places the text's characters into the two categories.

Page 45, "Having someone over for company is a subtle way of asserting superiority, because one can afford to extend graciousness; ...heirarchy..."The next time I get an invitation, I will factor in Bloom's observation.

Page 46, "...if Scout has a quest in the novel, it is in recognizing the true ladies from the false, and in appreciating a true lady's value."

Page 48, "...citizens of Maycomb are eager to blame Mayella's rape on Tom Robinson because they want to blame the Old South's decay on the black population...class paranoia: poor whites of dubious character, or 'white trash', and not blacks, are responsible for the 'rape' of the Southern way of life."

And that is Harold Bloom's way of summarising the "facts" of the text.Page 50 onwards brings in Prof. Bloom's peers to give their views on Mockingbird, like Claudia Durst Johnson, Professor Emeritus in English at the University of Alabama; Theodore and Grace-Ann Hovet, professors emeriti at the University of Northern Iowa and a host of luminaries.

There are a lot of illuminating points of view, but to show that Bloom's GUIDE is different from other critiques, kindly allow me to pick out some matters to see if the GUIDE is to your taste:

Fred Erisman on Regionalism of the South, at page 54: "...Maycomb is being forced to respond to events touching the nation and the world.The Depression is a real thing, affecting the lives of white and blacks alike; the merchants of Maycomb are touched by the fall of the National Recovery act; and Hitler's rise to power and his persecution of the Jews...the influence of external events can no longer be ignored."

William T. Going on Scout's Point of View: "This modification of a Jamesian technique of allowing the story to be seen only through the eyes of a main character but to be understood by the omniscient intelligence of Henry James is here exploited to bold advantage.The reader comes to learn the true meaning of Maycomb through the eyes of a child who now recollects with the wisdom of maturity...."

W.J. Stickey on the Novel's Defects: page 61, "the words 'quite suddenly' and 'did a peculiar thing'... are rhetorical tricks resorted to by fiction writers when they are unable to cope with the difficult problem of rendering a scene dramatic."Touche.So this is what TV writers for "Prison Break", "CSI", "Women's Murder Club", "Heroes" (and a lot worse series) resort to when out of ideas: they create artificial tension with near misses and by making chewing gum look difficult.

Dean Shakelford on Gender Issues, page 77, "...Scout...is...unable to accept society's unwillingness to seek and know before it judges.And it is perhaps this element of the female voice in Harper Lee's "Mockingbird" which makes Horton Foote's screen adaptation largely a compromise of the novel's full power."

Theodore and Grace-Ann Hovet on Contending Voices, page 79 et sequel, "Rather than ascribing racial prejudice primarily to "poor white trash", Lee demonstrates how issues of gender and class intensifiy prejudice, silence the voices that might challenge the existing order..."
"...Scout explains these rural whites blame the increasing presence of African Americans on the more prosperous white leadership in the towns"
"...the unjust treatment of African Americans...is the product of an uneducated and irresponsible class of poor whites who use physical intimidation and mob rule to defend what little status they have left..."
"...strategy of placing responsibility for American intolerance and injustice on the vanishing rural poor...'the white trash scenario' - was so successful that it has become a cliche in popular culture, evident not only in "Mockingbird" but also in films like Easy Rider and in prime time TV programs (sic) such as Heat of the Night and I'll Fly Away."

This is an absorbing Guide.It is thoroughly entertaining.60 plus material pages of this guide (excluding References, etc) is not a long read, but each paragraph has a purpose and brings home yet another refreshing idea.Sometimes, it tries to analyse what Harper Lee was thinking as she was writing.Where were Harper Lee's actual sympathies.Is she Jessica Tandy's Miss Daisy in sheep's clothing.Does she have a hidden agenda in writing "Mockingbird"?Is she really as liberal as universally acclaimed, and where did she make the Freudian slips in her text, or were these "slips" deliberately planted.

Bloom's GUIDE has certainly stirred a hornet's nest, and reading To Kill a Mockingbird will not be quite the same again.

5-0 out of 5 stars To Kill A Mockingbird
A wonderful classic story of compassion, hatred, courage, and racial prejudice.
Harper Lee who is the young narrator Scout, tells the story of Jem and Dill struggling to grow up in Maycomb; "a tired old town where rainy weather turns streets to red slop, and days seem longer and drawn out." In this quiet little town, and unexpected event occurs which forces two different races together. Atticus who is the father of Jem and Scout, must defend Tom Robinson, a hard working young Negro man for a crime he is accused of during a difficult time of racial prejudice. Tolerance is an important theme throughout the story in the characters Jem, Atticus, and Calpurnia woven across race and age lines.
Filled with love,wisdom,and life,this book immediately draws you in by showing you the adventures and education of life through the eyes of a seven year old.

5-0 out of 5 stars to kill a mockingbird
my review is short...It is now my most favorite book. It is a book I couldn't put down. I've read it twice in the past year. It also made me cry.It was given to me by someone very special who also treasured thisclassic. Although it was written many years ago, there are things I stillsee very real in the south that were in the book.I have now passed it onto my nephew(a recent law school graduate)for him to read. It is a mustread.

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible
to long and not enough actio

5-0 out of 5 stars It is a very powerful and moving book.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel which shows the injustice to blacks in the South in the 1930's. It depicts a time when men were forced to be slaves, maids, and servants for other men, and not everyone was createdequal. ... Read more

8. To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Paperback: 284 Pages (1960)
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5-0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird
Good price, quick shipping and good quality. I save a lot of money to buy books from Amazon for my children during economic downturn.

1-0 out of 5 stars supplier not acceptable
This used book came from Gani Perolli in New Jersey.The book was listed as used in good condition.When it came it was so old that all the pages were brown.That I could overlook, but the musty smell was more than I could take.Disappointed that they would send a bookwith such an objectionable smell.....They did tell me to return the book and they would reimburse me, but the nuisance and cost of sending a 5.99 purchase back was more than I wanted to do.

1-0 out of 5 stars disappointing edition
My order arrived as scheduled but the edition itself is disappointing.The advertised "50th Anniversary Edition" of Harper Lee's work, To Kill a Mockingbird, is small, measuring only 7"x4."This book, with its worn- looking, discolored pages, rustically bound with red glue, contributes to the impression that it is an old volumeleft over from 1982, the date of the first mass marketing edition.This is not a criticism of the work itself, which I expect to be wonderful.

5-0 out of 5 stars TRULY OUTSTANDING
Recently I discovered a serious gap in my fiction collection, one of the important novels of the last century. "To Kill a Mockingbird" did indeed live up to its reputation as an outstanding American novel, not afraid to take on an important social issue and showthe nature of the prejudice that had (and still has) infected our country. Well written, an important read.

5-0 out of 5 stars great read great service
Read a fantastic book Now I know why it's a classic Book came as promised ... Read more

9. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (Writers and Their Works)
by Andrew Haggerty
Library Binding: 125 Pages (2009-09)
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10. Racism in Harper Lee's to Kill a Mockingbird (Social Issues in Literature)
by Candice Mancini
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11. To Kill A Mockingbird (Barron's Book Notes)
by Harper Lee
Paperback: 100 Pages (1984-10-01)
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A guide to reading "To Kill A Mockingbird" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars WhatI Think
The book is about a killer and a man who was accused of raping a woman, The part I didn't like was where the dog was shot, and I like when that little girl who talks like an adult was wearing the ham costume, and the part when she tries to bite Boo. I recommend this book because I think that it was a good story, but if you dont want to read you should just watch the movie.The movie is the same as the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I rated To Kill a Mockingbird 5 stars. This book is the "handbook" on racism, sexism, and descrimination against social classes. I enjoyed this book due to the understanding level it was on. Ithink because it was though the eyes of a young child they made it veryplain and comprehendable but because Scout was smart and intelligent,Harper Lee could still use knowledge about a second grader's. I think thisbook helps teenagers especially deal with the idea that racism and sexismwill never completely go away but that they can still deal with it to thebest of their ability.I think the author definatly intended this bookfor young adults. If a young child read this book, it would fly over theirheads and leave them with more questions than answers. The language isinappropriate for most children but yet is understood by young adults. Thisbook helps teenagers in many ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting, Excellent, Extraordinary
To Kill A Mockingbird is filled with moral lessons, adventure and humor.The children's growth and maturity thoughout this story is true to life.Their relationships with each other, their father, neighbors and otherrelatives engage the reader and keep you wanting more whether thoserelationships are positive or negative.The characters and thedescriptions of the neighborhood and town are vivid.When reading thisbook, one becomes linked with the characters as if those townfolk wereone's own.It can't be put down until it is finished.And the finish isworth the wait.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Assidned Books I've Read
I've just begun to read this book.I was assigned it for English class. Usually, the books we are assigned are old and boring, and we have toanalize them until we hate the book with vengence.This book is surroundedin mystery and it acctually helps to analize it.I suggest this book forgrades 6-10 as an introduction to a high school English class.I enjoyedit greatly and think anyone who reads it, young or old will enjoy it :)

4-0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird
I am currently reading "To Kill aMockingbird".At first I didn't like it but now I love it!We have to read it for my English class.When we are done we have to make a map of Maycomb. So if any teacher needsuggestions ths book gives great detail on where everyone lives and thingslike that.I love the way Harper Lee expresses herself in her character's.I Love the way she writes! Thanks for your time! ... Read more

12. On Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections
Paperback: 224 Pages (2008-02-28)
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“On Harper Lee is a compilation of everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest writers ever.” —Bookwoman/Bookman

“Teachers and scholars will pick up new ideas here, as I did, and will find them well argued and documented appropriately. On Harper Lee will be a godsend to students who need sources for their research papers.” —Merrill Skaggs, Baldwin Professor of Humanities, Drew University

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most enduring works of southern fiction ever written. Although a literary phenomenon—tens of millions of copies have sold worldwide—there is surprisingly little secondary literature on Lee and her only novel. On Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections is the first collection of original essays on the author and her magnum opus. Written for scholars as well as general readers, On Harper Lee is an accessible collection on one of America’s most important novels and its often enigmatic creator.

Alice Hall Petry is professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She is the author of A Genius in His Way: The Art of Cable’s Old Creole Days and Understanding Anne Tyler, and the editor of Critical Essays on Kate Chopin.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fans of Harper Lee Must Have this Great Book!
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13. Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Paperback - Mar. 5, 2002))
by Harper Lee
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14. Harper Lee's to Kill a Mocking Bird (Monarch Notes)
by Donald F. Roden
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5-0 out of 5 stars Theme Analysis
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, expresses a theme which focuses on the issues of racism and discrimination. This novel shows the prejudice of the people of Maycomb and how it could affect those who are attacked by it, however in the long run it will affect those who discriminate as well. The author is trying to relay a message that shows the unfortunate consequences discrimination could have. Harper Lee relays this message various literary elements such as characterization, symbolism, and the setting and conflicts.

3-0 out of 5 stars To kill A Mocking Bird
The Radley Family next door is the most suspicious house is the town. Not a single African American will pass by the house. It's thought to be the source of all the crimes but what really goes on there? Scout begins telling you about his brothers accident and about how it all started the summer Dill came. THis book is for middle school and up. The genre is sort of a mystery and is a reality book. Enjoy it if you like fast paced action.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best
well written and shows us what history is like

4-0 out of 5 stars What I Think
When i first read To Kill a Mocking Bird I was in 8th grade. The book was very interesting and even though it took place in the early years it still was a great book. After reading the book we broke off in groups and we had to do skits from the book so that made the book even more interesting. The book also edcuated you because it taught you how people in those days lives and acted, that was a good experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars TKAM,the best ever
The best writers write about what they know.Harper Lee grew up in a small town in Alabama, and her father was a lawyer.TKAM (To Kill A Mockingbird) is a great story because Harper Lee new what she was talking about.The book has become so popular over the years because it is the timeless story of good vs evil but told in a way that never gets old.The book takes the issue of racism and tells it through the inocent eyes of an eight year old.The book is Intriguing with a surpize ending that is bitter sweet.If you've never read To Kill A Mockingbird, I sugest you do.And if you have read it, read it again because its a great story and you'll find something new everytime you read it. HAPPY READING ... Read more

15. To Kill a Mockingbird (Hodder Graphics)
by Harper Lee
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Hodder Graphics: To Kill A Mockingbird is a graphic text designed to support teaching of To Kill A Mockingbird for the GCSE English Literature exam. Its visual representation combined with its simple approach make it accessible to students across a range of abilities. The Graphic Book will provide an overview of the set text with plot and characters clearly delineated, but will also focus on aspects of the text that examiners find students struggle with most in the exam. - Support students in their understanding of the cultural and historial background to the text - Uses text extracts to develop language analysis work - Focuses on plot, characterisation, theme, language and structure as specified in the Assessment Objectives ... Read more

16. To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Hardcover: 296 Pages (1960)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Harper Lee
Book was in great condition. A must have for any book reader. The message will always be current. Buying this book was a great way to celebrate Harper Lee's book of 50 years.

1-0 out of 5 stars Received different book.
I'm not a happy customer. Did not receive the book pictured in the shopping caft, but a blue textbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars the great classic
I ordered it for my 15 year old grand daughter a book to read over the summer, she loved it! The book came fast and in great cond... thank you

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a classic!
After seeing the video (which immortalized Gregory Peck), I really wanted to see the book.
And I am really enjoying the book. I think everyone needs to have a copy at home! If you cannot, get a copy from the library. It is a jewel. It gives a very good idea about non-discrimination practices, through the eyes of a girl.
Good for any age!

4-0 out of 5 stars okay
I'm reading this book right now. So far i like it! The book itself is like 50years old and in good condition so im happy! Thanks to all! ... Read more

17. Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb (Images of America: Alabama)
by Monroe County Heritage Museums
Paperback: 128 Pages (1999-09-15)
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For 39 years, people from all over the world and all walks of life have come to the small town of Monroeville, Alabama, in search of a place called Maycomb. They come in search of a story that have moved millions of people with its enduring message, and in search of the world of the storyteller. Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb explores the relationship between Harper Lee's hometown and the setting of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Born in response to the curiosities of visitors to the Monroe County Heritage Museums, this book explores the parallels between the tow worlds through vintage images and informative captions. Included are photographs of the Lee family and the author in her early years; the sights of Monroeville that undoubtedly inspired the setting of Maycomb; the cast of the Oscar-winning film adaptation that premiered in 1963; and the Mockingbird Players, a group of Monroeville residents who, each year in May, present an authentic production of the two-act play adapted by Christopher Sergel. Among the visitors to Monroeville are teachers and lawyers making a pilgrimage to Atticus' courtroom, scholars in search of unanswered questions, and fans of the novel trying to capture a glimpse of Scout's world. The Monroe County Heritage Museums, under the direction of Kathy McCoy, made this possible in 1991 with the opening of the Old Courthouse Museum on the town square. Visitors now leave Monroeville feeling as if they walked the streets of Maycomb on a hot summer day, enchanted by the imagined presence of Sout, Jem, and Dill exploring their neighborhood in an era of tumultuous change. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Mockingbird Fan
When I was growing up in Monroeville, I cared little about the history of my town or state. I read "To Kill A Mockingbird" and I loved it, but to me history was as far from Monroeville and Alabama as I could get. Years later after I grew up and came to my senses I learned to love the history of my town and state. "Monroeville The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb," is a must for the diehard Mockingbird fan. Like its companion book "Monroeville Literary Capital of Alabama" it has lots of pictures and a short history of the town that was the childhood home of Harper Lee and her friend Turman Capote, who was the model for Dill in "Mockingbird." Included in the book is a chapter "The Mysterious Neighbor" about the man who was the real life "Boo Radley" in town. Like his fictional counterpart, he spent his life hidden away in his house and was the terror of the Monroe Elementary School whose grounds were behind his house. Like the children in the book, when my mother was a small child, she said that any ball kicked into his yard was considered a lost ball. The pecans that fell into the school grounds from trees in his yard were never touched by the children. There are also pictures of the Mockingbird Players who perform the play based on the book every year at the Monroe County Heritage Museum. The museum which once served as the Monroe County Courthouse, contains the courtroom which was used as the model for the courtroom in the 1962 movie version of the book starring Gregory Peck. Both books are recommended for anyone who wants to know more about the small town in southwest Alabama that gave birth to two of the most remarkable writers of the 20th century.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Mockingbird fans!!
While on a trip to the beach, I stopped off in Monroeville to visit the Mockingbird shrine.While there, I bought this book at the museum and was SO excited about the information that was found in it.There are so many similarities between the fictional Maycomb and the Monroeville in which Nelle Harper Lee grew up! For example, Monroeville, like Maycomb, had a strange citizen who got into trouble with the law when he was young and was locked up in his house by his father for years.This young man was never seen outside his house again and was considered a phantom by the town children, including Nelle Lee. The book will be a delight to all fans of the novel.I also strongly recommend a trip to Monroeville -- it will be well worth the time and effort for any true fan. ... Read more

18. To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's Guides)
by Harper Lee
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19. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: The relationship between text and film (Screen Adaptations)
by R. Barton Palmer
Paperback: 224 Pages (2008-12-01)
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To Kill a Mockingbird is an immensely important work of literature studied worldwide. Literature and film students will find plenty of material to support their courses on how the film versions provide different readings of the original text. Focusing on several film versions and adaptations, the book discusses the literary work in its historical context, its key themes and dominant readings, how it has been adapted for screen, and how adaptations have changed our reading of the original text.

R. Barton Palmer is a Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature and a professor of film, screenwriting, and British literature at Clemson University in South Carolina. He is the author of many books on literature and film.

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20. Snow! Snow! Snow!
by Lee Harper
Hardcover: 40 Pages (2009-10-20)
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5-0 out of 5 stars great bedtime story
This is an excellent book to read when snow is in the forecast.The illustrations are wonderful, setting the perfect tone for this very fun book.My 5 year old friend loves this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Go to sleep and dream of snow
Snow is not easy.To convey, that is.That something white and cold could be as much fun as it is takes ingenuity.For hundreds of thousands of years human beings have been committed to figuring out how nature can be turned into a game of some sort.Snow-based activities are some of our smartest solutions.Now I've seen a lot of snowy picture books come out in 2009.There was "Waiting for Winter" by Sebastian Meschenmoser, mostly notably.There was "Snow Day" by Komako Sakai.Both are extraordinary books about snow, but they're lacking one essential element.While they both show how much fun it is to create snow creatures, they completely forget about that other snow day staple: sledding.Now there are quite a few sledding books out there, that is true, but what "Snow! Snow! Snow!" by Lee Harper does so well is to really show the thrill and the strange sense of peace that comes from plunging yourself headfirst into the unknown.It's a feeling that even little kids can share, and now we have a book on the subject just for them.

"One night the wind howled, and the snow fell all night long."When morning breaks two little boys see that the world is covered in a thick white coat.Thrilled, they rush out with their dad to go down "the best sledding hill in the whole wide world."To best conquer this beast, they put their dad on the bottom, and the boys on top of him in a "triple-decker sandwich".Down the hill they zip, but when they hit a big bump their sled launches in the air and they fly about for a bit.Nothing lasts forever, though, and soon they've plunged back down to earth, onto the sled."Again! Again!" they squeal, and even the easily perturbed father has to smile as they trudge their way up again.

The nice thing about the text of this book is how young it is.Lee Harper usually illustrates other folks' books, like "Woolbur" by Leslie Helakoski, or "Turkey Trouble" by Wendi Silvano."Snow! Snow! Snow!" marks his writing debut, and he has chosen one of the more difficult kinds of picture book writing.Easy picture books that say exactly what you want them to, culled down to just eleven sentences, are massively difficult.There's a reason we separate our easy readers into different sections of the library.Truth told, there aren't that many good ones in a given year.This book is one of the few.

The pictures are seemingly simple as well.The family in it could easily be people, but Harper has opted to make them anthropomorphized dogs instead.One reason for this might be the fact that if these were humans the dad would bear an even greater physical similarity to Homer Simpson.There's just something about the guy that brings Homer to mind.Maybe it's the fact that while the kids are always raring to go down the tallest hill or fly high in the sky, the dad just can't quite wipe the look of mild trepidation from my face.Even when he's flying his expression is a wide-eyed befuddlement.Kids reading the book will enjoy the bold watercolors and images, but they'll also be able to find a couple small details hidden here and there.Keep an eye on the raccoon that follows the family of sledders, since it has its own ingenious way of getting down hills.

It's not fair to mention any book in the same breath as Caldecott winner "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers" by Mordecai Gerstein, but I think Gerstein's book and this one have one distinguishing characteristic.Both books give this profound sense that you, the reader, are hovering hundreds of feet above the earth below.When the boys and their dad take off into the sky and find themselves flying alongside the geese, that wordless two-page spread of the three of them as seen from above makes you really feel that you're right there with them.Naturally, you're also inclined to think of "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs, that other flying winter-based wordless book.Fine company.

There are good sledding books out there, of course."Snow Day!" by Lester Laminack, for example, has one of the best sled-based covers I've seen.But for younger kids who need a simpler story, albeit one that might give them lovely flying dreams, "Snow! Snow! Snow!" is the way to go go go.Simultaneously peaceful and exciting all at once, it's a great winter addition to any children's book collection.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking illustrations!
I fell in love with Lee Harper's art the moment I first saw Woolbur.I just smile everytime I see that fluffy little guy! I couldn't wait to see more of his pictures.Imagine my delight when I saw he both authored and illustrated Snow! Snow! Snow!This guy is amazing!I feel like I'm on top of the hill with these characters ready to take off on an amazing ride and then WHOOSH!I'm flying!I love the illustration of them in flight!So awesome.And then the flailing arms when they are about to land--just brilliant!He totally captures the perfect snow day and he's right about everyone having the perfect hill.I love when the kids say, Again!Again! So true.I flipped to the back and saw he illustrated Turkey Trouble which is just perfect for the holidays.But unfortunately, the book store didn't have them in stock.This turkey was flying off the shelves--Ha!I have yet to find a book store that has it in stock it's so popular; so when you go to get Snow! Snow! Snow! get Turkey Trouble too if you can find it, and while you're at it, check out the adorable fuzzy Woolbur!

5-0 out of 5 stars Snuggle up on a snow day with this book!
Succinct prose and beautiful pictures capture the thrill of a family's sledding trip.Short enough for a bedtime story, this is the book to read while the first snow of the year falls. Does the animals' sled really fly, or is it a child's imaginative perspective?It doesn't matter!Readers will recognize the rush of adrenaline that comes from the animal family's simple sled ride, and echo the littlest animal's cry -"again!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow- Another Beautiful Book!Let it Snow :)
My kids are already getting so excited about the anticipation of snow this winter!This book by Lee Harper is just adorable and really putting us in the mood for a good winter storm.Can you say, "Snow day!"We especially love the expressions on the character's faces as they fly over Big Bumps- just priceless.I'm also a fan of the big font and simple words on the pages which make this book perfect for my kids who are just beginning to read.I'm looking forward to picking up a few more copies to give as gifts this holiday season as well.

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