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February 14, 2009


What age group is this book directed at? I have an 8 and a 10 year old daughter. Would this be an appropriate book to read together?
Allison Raddon

I've been thinking for a while that it would be really fun to start a Mother/Daughter book group--this looks like the perfect book to start with! Would you and Miranda like to join us?

Julie Berry moved to our ward as a newly married... I held a baby shower for her at my house WAY back when... I don't think I've seen her since! How fun, and what a great looking book! I have three daughters, 12, 10, and 8, and we'll plan on reading this together!
Thanks, Whitney!
And I'll pass it along to other members of our ward who will remember her.

On a related note...

For the adults, I recommend reading the last chapter of Clarissa Pinkola Estes' Women Who Run with the Wolves, titled The Handless Maiden. Estes takes you through the myth/fable/story, then beautifully and lovingly interprets it.

I cannot summarize the meaning of the story and still do it justice, but just trust me. It's worth buying the book, just for this chapter. It encapsulates our journey as women in a powerful, moving way.

p.s. Congratulations, Julie! Here's to dreams (family), dreams (published novel), and more dreams (more published novels) coming true...

Thanks so much, Whitney, and Jenny, of course I remember you! I remember that shower vividly, right down to what I wore and how huge I was. And the baby quilt your mother sewed me, and the paper plate "hat" decorated with all the gift ribbons. :) Allison, to answer your question, the publisher suggests 10 and up for Amaranth, but I think an 8-yr old would do just fine in a read-aloud or read-together setting. I hope your girls enjoy it!

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