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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062456709
LANGUAGE:English

" Interesting to learn more about Lee's early years, but I'm wondering how young readers, who probably haven't even heard of MOCKINGBIRD will react to this book. " said.

" I thought it was wonderful, both the writing and illustrations! " said.

" This was a great intro to Harper Lee for my daughter. She's so excited to read To Kill a Mockingbird now! " said.

" Definitely a book to be read by older students. This brief, yet thorough sharing of Harper Lee's dream to become an author, sharing the tales from her life and town in the beloved "To Kill a Mockingbird".Nice illustrations. " said.

" This picture-book biography of Harper Lee tells the story of the author of America’s second-favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, I was shocked to recognize one of her childhood friends, a blond, effeminate boy named Truman. " said.

" As the author states in her end note, “For many, including me, there is no book more beloved than Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.” I loved it for years, taught it for a few, and had the great pleasure of introducing it to my kids when the time was right. This adorably illustrated book pays homage to Nelle Harper Lee whose beautifully crafted book reminds all of us to look beyond race and class to find the true spirit of a person. " said.

"The illustrations are the best part of this book—some
With lots of details and others more sparse to reflect the emotions at that time in the story. I knew the story already and didn’t learn anything new, but as the target age group is 4-8 years old, it seems appropriate. Both of my daughters would have loved this story at that age range. The one illustration that seems “off” is when Harper is walking by a line of black people and the writing describes how whites and blacks were segregated. She was born just three years earlier and looks too old to have been noticing the lines and the segregation—i just feel like it would have been fine without her walking in the background...or maybe to not have listed the year 1929, but state only about the impact of the Great Depression.

Adults who love To Kill a Mockingbird would probably love sharing this book with their child.
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"I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” for the very first time as required reading as sophomore in HS. It was the best “required reading” I had ever done at that time. I can remember wondering why we couldn’t read more “required reading” like this...books that made you think, books that made you excited to get to the next chapter. I can remember asking my English teacher why Scout and Jem called their dad, “Atticus.” I can remember that same English teacher allowing us to create our own quizzes for the class to take, which created group accountability for the book. (I wouldn’t necessarily advocate that now, but in the mid 80s, it was pretty amazing to have a teacher allow us to do that!) Alabama Spitfire was a delight! It reminded me of why I loved “Mockingbird” and made me long for a time without devices, Netflix, and life without distracted, packed, busy schedules. In essence, it made me long for lazy Sunday afternoons. It reminded me of the beauty of the opportunity to “free write.” It reminded me that we have come a significant distance away from segregation but will always deeply need to challenge ourselves to live our lives as all are created equal, because we are." said.

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