Imagine, it’s the early 1900’s, and a big library has been built in New York. They need caretakers for the library and so a family moves in. Yes, a family living in the library, growing up with books all around them. What do you think might be the reaction of the children living there? Might they become Story Collectors? All?, or perhaps even just one? This is the story behind my latest review book The Story Collector.
What do you get?
First up the story:
Viviani lives in the New York Public Library with her family, she deals with librarians, custodians and the public every day of her life. She’s NOT allowed in her father’s workshop. She is a story collector at heart but the question arises… when does a story become a lie? Is there a ghost in the library? Who stole the stamp collection?
Black and white images are randomly scattered throughout the pages. Showing lots of good detail and adding nicely to the story line.
I loved the chapter headings. 🙂 Using the dewey decimal system, linking words together. For someone who loves words, this makes my heart smile.
The characters are well-developed and are believable. I can just see those girls, knowing each others hearts, playing off their strengths, learning about their own weaknesses. Seeing the love the family holds for each other, even when discipline needs to happen. Seeing the joy in collecting stories, learning about each other, sharing the wonder that is in learning the stories each person has to tell. I can just see those children playing baseball in the library and the horror the librarians would have had at such a thing. Books shouldn’t be used as homeplate! 🙂
Can you imagine the delight these children would have had? Being the first to see any new exhibit? All the books they would have at their disposal? The fun of telling others that you live at the library?
I chatted with my son abit about this book, wondering outloud if I wanted to keep it, or even add it to his stash of books to read some day. He asked why, didn’t I think he would like it? Pausing to gather my thoughts, I went on to say that “I thought he would like if, he can get past the first couple of chapters”. It took me a while to actually get into the story, but once I did, I finished it quickly. I hadn’t paid attention to the fact that his is the story of the New York Library, therefore when I got to the close of the book I was surprised to learn that elements of this story are true. I was fascinated and promptly read through the closing commentary. In the end I decided it was an interesting book, one to encourage curious minded children to read.