17 Feb 2016


A SIMPLER TIME by LAURA W ECKROAT. (Illustrated by Greg White.)

BACK COVER BLURB: Oversaturated with the latest video games and iPhone apps, does anyone slow down to remember A Simpler Time? 

Join A.J. as she discovers a summer of fun with her mom, finding animals in the clouds, and a trek to find the perfect four-leaf clover!

FIRST SENTENCE: The doors flew open at the Grattan Street Elementary School, and it now was officially summer.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: After a few minutes, they sat down, and Mom showed A.J. how to tie the flowers together by their flexible stems. Mom ad A.J. had created beautiful clover bracelets.

SOURCE: A FaceBook win. 

MY THOUGHTS: Lovely, simply lovely. It isn't often that I've come across such a simple and yet sweet story. And yet not just a sweet read, A Simpler Time has a wonderful message at its heart which sees a young girl share in the simple things in life such as cloud watching with her mom.  

Transported back to my own childhood spent making daisy chains. It is these simple pleasures that I remember. Simple pleasures that I fear many of today's generation miss out on.

Perfect bedtime reading. At twenty four pages, many of them sweet fully coloured illustrations, this is just the right length to read in one sitting and should make for sweet dreams ... and not just for the children. 


Kelly said...

This sounds delightful! And yes, a perfect message for all of us.

Suko said...

Tracy, this does sound like a wonderful story, especially needed in this age of apps! :)

Sherry Ellis said...

This sounds like a lovely book - and very appropriate for today's technology-driven kids.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Lovely and simple sounds great

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Those are the best kind of stories... ones that appeal to all ages. Nice.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tacy,

When I read 'clover bracelets' I immediately thought of 'daisy chains', until I carried on reading and realised that you had pretty much the same idea :)

Funnily enough, we were out walking last summer in Bath park and we came across a young mother and daughter sitting cross-legged on the grass, making daisy chains together, it was so lovely.

Can you remember rubbing a buttercup under your chin, to see if you liked butter or not - Have you ever even seen a buttercup in recent years?

Another perfect little girls' story and this one has no mistakes I hope!


Melliane said...

oh yes it looks so sweet and the cover is just gorgeous!

Brian Joseph said...

I really hope that children as well as adults still find some time for cloud watching and other such pursuits.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hello Tracy, congratulations on winning a copy of what sounds like a lovely book. I’ve got such happy memories from my childhood, making daisy chains, jumping in puddles, scampering around the farm yard and climbing trees – youngsters miss out on so much now.
I know I would enjoy A simpler time and will be looking out for a copy. Barbara.

ClaudineGueh@CarryUsOffBooks said...

Oh this sounds and looks good, Tracy. That cover just makes one smile.

Literary Feline said...

Oh, I do love the sound of this one! And I really like the cover. I will have to see if I can find this one. I remember making daisy chains as a child too. :-)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I long for simpler times too! This sounds like a sweet book and one I must check out! :) Thanks for sharing!

The Bookworm said...

A Simpler Time sounds really sweet!