Blueberry Girl
Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins (2009)
ISBN 9780060838089
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views (12/08)

The book “Blueberry Girl” is a prayer for a new baby, a prayer that covers her lifetime.  For example, one part reads:  “Dull days at forty, false friends at fifteen – let her have brave days and truth, Let her go places that we’ve never been, trust and delight in her youth.”

Cayden:  “I didn’t know what a lot of the words meant but I know that the book was saying a prayer for a girl.  In the pictures she did lots of cool things like ride on an owl, and on a whale.  That would be fun!  I don’t know why her name is blueberry girl though.”

Parent’s comments:
“Blueberry Girl” by Neil Gaiman is a very poetic, earthy book.  Inside the cover it lists the book as being for all ages.  I think that younger children may not understand some of the language used, like “Keep her from spindles and sleeps at sixteen, let her stay waking and wise.”  However, like my son did, they will enjoy watching the girl’s journey through the illustrations.  This book would make a wonderful gift for a new mother who is expecting a baby girl.

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