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Stepping stones por Lucy Knisley
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Stepping stones (edição 2020)

por Lucy Knisley, Whitney Cogar (Illustrator.)

Séries: Peapod Farm (1)

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Membro:BlueSquirrel
Título:Stepping stones
Autores:Lucy Knisley
Outros autores:Whitney Cogar (Illustrator.)
Informação:New York : RH Graphic, [2020]
Colecções:ACQ DONE
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Etiquetas:graphica

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Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm) por Lucy Knisley

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I'm so glad libraries exist. I devoured graphic novels similar to these, primarily [b:Amelia Rules! Volume 1: The Whole World's Crazy|476504|Amelia Rules! Volume 1 The Whole World's Crazy (Amelia Rules! #1)|Jimmy Gownley|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1387666645l/476504._SX50_.jpg|2094973], and the adventures possible in the world get bigger every time I find another good one. I especially liked the easy to read font, bright pages, and how emotions were shown in faces and posture.

This isn't a magic-based graphic novel, so I would recommend it to middle-grade and children's readers who want to explore rural communities, love animals, or like the farmer's market. It also deals with a family split, which means this could be a good way for kids in that situation to feel seen.

Overall, I really like Lucy Knisley's art style and will continue to read her graphic memoirs. However, the memoir didn't relate to me as much as Shannon Hale's series, [b:Real Friends|31145178|Real Friends (Real Friends, #1)|Shannon Hale|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1503615816l/31145178._SX50_.jpg|51774817] since I'm pretty sure no graphic novel will get more similar. The story felt real and safe and I liked the ending. I didn't like the mom's boyfriend, but I get how people aren't always who we want them to be, hence sometimes the mom's boyfriend is really blunt and insulting. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 24, 2021 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 2-5

Plot Summary: Jen and her mom move from the city to a farm with her mom's new boyfriend and Jen isn't happy. She suddenly has SO many chores to do, including taking care of the chickens (that arrive by mail!?) and helping her mom sell at the farmer's market. While she is good at doing the art for the chalkboard price sign, Jen is awful at working the cash register. Walter isn't making all these changes any easier -- he is belittling and ignores Jen's requests to be called Jen instead of Jenny. Walter's daughters come to the farm on the weekends and Andy is a bossy know-it-all who makes Jen feel bad about herself and takes things out of Jen's hand. It's rough. Will all these changes ever become normal? Will Jen ever be ok with her new living situation?

Setting: farmland outside of city, based on author's experience in New York but this book seemed like it was a smaller city

Characters:
Jen - scared of snakes, mostly compliant, loves to ride in the back of the pickup truck, lets others opinions of her shape her confidence
Andy - know-it-all daughter of Walter
Reese - daughter of Walter, more free-spirited and isn't scared of snakes
Walter -
Mom - tries to have a heart to heart and it doesn't end perfectly which makes the book seem a bit more realistic

Recurring Themes: blended families, country life, farm life, farmer's market, money, math intelligence, step-siblings, confidence, hobbies

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: I really liked that the plot didn't wrap up with everyone feeling all lovey-dovey towards each other, although it still felt happy. The conversation between Jen and her mom seemed appropriately realistic, though simplified. Walter really bothered me and didn't seem to have any redeeming qualities yet in the author's note she based it on personal experience and was fond of her step-father. Overall, this book was well written, has deep issues for discussion in a social group about confidence, and isn't the perfect amount of realistic.

Genre: realistic fiction (based on the author's true experience)

Pacing: fast, graphic novel
Characters: not too many
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  pigeonlover | Dec 19, 2020 |
Jen moves with her mom and her mom's boyfriend, Walter, from the city to a farm, where she's expected to help with her share of the farm chores - despite having no vote or voice in any of it. Walter's two daughters come on the weekend; Andy is a bossy know-it-all and Reese just misses her mom. The girls clash a few times, but when Jen ends up comforting and commiserating with a homesick Reese and Andy overhears, the three girls begin to bond a bit. Walter is still an annoyance - he calls Jen "Jenny" despite her repeated requests, and tells her to "lighten up" when she gets (justifiably) upset. But Jen sees the way that he supports her mom, and begins to accept her new country life with new family members.

Over too soon! See also: graphic novels by Shannon Hale, Kayla Miller, Victoria Jamieson, Jennifer & Matthew Holm

Quotes

"You don't get to tell me how to feel about this." (Jen to her mom, 94)

"He's like that with everybody. You just gotta let it go, or he'll argue until he wins, even if he isn't right." (Andy to Jen, 171)

[From the Author's Note] One of the worst things about being a kid is finding yourself in these situations where you have no control over the decisions the adults are making that affect you. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 18, 2020 |
This graphic novel is just excellent! It is the story of the author, Lucy growing up, after her parents split and she was forced to accept a new man into her and her mother’s life. Then the man, Walter, brings his two daughters into the mix. It was not rosy and I kept waiting for the explosion, that never came. Lucy’s world turned upside down, but everyone made the best of the situation and if you read the afterward you will learn that everyone reflected on a wonderful childhood and that the changes were good.
I like how she was frank about her learning disability with numbers and how she overcame it.
Growing up on the farm as well, I rode in the back of pickups, but please be cautious. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Oct 25, 2020 |
My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W41SOd9QT4o

Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Aug 21, 2020 |
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