It's We Recommend, in which we use our superpowers to find readers the perfect book. Got a kid who needs a recommendation?
Write us at thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com with the age,
reading tastes, favorite books, and any other relevant (or irrelevant)
information, and we'll give it a shot. And really? All the good
suggestions are in the comments.
We got a short, sweet email from someone looking for books. See here:
My son just turned 8 yrs old. He has enjoyed "The Sign of The Beaver" by Elizabeth George Speare and also "The Island of The Blue Dolphins" by Scott O' Dell.
Do you have any recommendations for similar books?
There is something profoundly comforting to me about this request. Clearly he has an affinity for those natural world, wilderness-bound books of youth. And there are so many excellent books like this! That these are what he is looking for makes me believe, somehow, that all is not lost. Not to put too much weight on the kids or anything.
But to get to what's important: the books. The first thing that occurred to me is that soother of souls, The Trumpet of the Swan. Oh, how I love that book! Chestnut has been struggling with repeated onslaughts of strep throat, and the thing that helps in the middle of the night when you have a temperature of 103.5 and the dark seems too much to bear, is to have a grownup read about good old Sam Beaver walking quietly through the wilds of Canada finding the nest of the Trumpeter swans. Also? Little House in the Big Woods, which is unfairly shoved into the "girls books" corral (more on that later), but has that same, strange woodsy appeal. Then there is Hatchet, which is intense but perfect. But for our actual pick, we defer entirely to Chestnut, who is home and on yet another antibiotic, and is a connoisseur of this particular type of book.
I hope you all are experiencing, somehow, some measure of peace and hope. And I know, without any doubt at all, that you all have about a million natural world adventures to offer to this person—put them in the comments, and thank you all, as always, for your reliable generosity.