"...Pearl, delights readers both young and old, with lyrical descriptions of the ocean floor, the forest floor, and the floor of feelings. The bittersweet story explores what it means to be human; what are these inexplicable feelings that trot through human hearts?" - L.Paul, Amazon Customer
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- File Size: 4695 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Diving Boy Books (February 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2015
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T5B4AB0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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The characters, who float from the real world to the dream world and back again, are honest and believable, despite their apparent handicaps.
âIt is the speech of the Big Dream from which we allâthat is, everyone in the Cosmosâare born. Someone made of stone is able to hear it, along with small children, innocents, and occasionally, a lunatic,â explains the old, bald man in a patched robe to the beautiful young, wide-eyed, milk-white stone girl.
The authorâs prose is clean and careful but far from childish or insignificant. Exposed to Kindallâs narratives, children will expand not just their understanding of life, love, loss, and hope, but also their vocabularies will expand in a delightfully organic way: âProboscis? He laughed. That is another word for nose. I find the use of that polysyllabicism pads the pain I feel in the middle of my being,â the stone Sage explains to Pearl.
I can just imagine being one of Kindallâs lucky children, cozied into bed, with his voice carrying me into the stories of my dream world.
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Do you encourage your children to read, to dream, to imagine? While I was reading this fantasy, I kept thinking about having the faith of a mustard seed...for surely Pearl did... Pearl is our main character, made of stone. She has lived under the sea for hundreds of year. Though made of stone, she is able to see what is around her, hear, and think... Up until our story begins, the only living creatures around her were creatures of the sea. Although she didn't know the names of what she saw, she had learned of the difference between night and day since darkness surrounded her most of the time. Only when the sun shown brightly down through the sea could she really see and appreciate the beauty in which she lived... She loved the little yellow minnows who she thought of as friends and decided they must be pieces of the sun, that beautiful light that was the same color as the little fish which came up to her, swimming around her.
She had been content for so long, but new feelings had been discovered when she saw large shadows on the surface, above her. She was afraid. But, more, she began to feel a longing... She wanted something more than she had...
And then the day came when a young boy came out of something sitting on top of the water and he began to come close...closer... But she could not move, she could not hide...
The boy introduced himself as Niko and went on further to explain that everybody called him Diving Boy. He proudly told her that he was now, after many years, the greatest diver in all of the Aegean Sea. He asked for the girl's name and then realized that she would not respond... Niko told her she was a pretty girl and then decided to call her Pearl, after his mother. Strange, fluttery feelings were developing inside of Pearl, the stone girl...
And after getting some rope from his boat, Niko pulled her up, out of the sea and to the surface, where the sun felt hot on her body...at least that's what Niko told her as he directed his skiff toward a place only he knew about, inside of a mountain and there in a grotto, Pearl and Niko spent much time as Niko visited often to talk to her...
But Diving Boy grew older, while Pearl remained a girl... He had met a young woman and planned their marriage...the only treasure he had to sell...was Pearl...
Thankfully, the man who bought her appreciated her artistic value. In fact, he had already acquired two other statues... Pearl learned that Hero was one of them, while Sage, who became her teacher and mentor, was an elder man who had learned much and was quite willing to teach Pearl when she begged him to help her...
Pearl learned fast, but long before she had learned enough, it happened...
Pearl was once again alone, but there was always somebody who saw her beauty and wanted to save it...
Readers will become enchanted with the adventure woven around a stone girl who became Pearl... But for Pearl, what was happening was that she was learning more and more, yet...yearning for even more...
Still, the climax caught me off guard, even though I was thinking of how the book might end. The pace of the book is slow, more to allow what is happening and being learned to take primary place for Pearl, then the actual adventure that seems to "happen" to her. You might say that she hadn't yet learned that sometimes asking for what you want doesn't always work out!
Dreams play an interesting part in the book and could lead to children trying to better remember their dreams and how they might be used to consider what is happening in their lives. Another possibility is that a shy child might find that being silent may be something they want to learn to get over and to begin to interact with others, even if they, too, are isolated and separated from others... In fact, all that came to mind as I read is far more than I am able to include in this review... The book is intriguing, yes, but it is also a lovely story in many ways... This would be an exceptional book to read together, even if separately, and talk to your child about what he finds of most interest... You might be surprised... Do check it out--maybe a stocking stuffer!!!
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The story is a middle grade novel but I enjoyed it quite a bit. The writing style was very accessible for the middle grade reading level but didn't feel juvenile. There is a lot of depth to the story and it is quite thought provoking.
I enjoyed this story because it was unlike any book I've ever read. I also adored the innocence of Pearl and seeing the world through her eyes. There were sad moments and sweet moments and the ending was completely unexpected and delightful.
I highly recommend this story to children and adults alike!
I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.