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Brilliant. Bring young readers in!

  • Jul 7, 2010
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Salman Rushdie is an amazing writer, period.  When I first heard that Rushdie had written a kids' book I was not sure how that could pan out.  But it did with all of Rushdie's strengths: tumbling, playful prose and innovative and penetrating story that was simply amazing in the way that it wrapped around itself.  This book provides plenty to talk about with young readers and introduce them to the joys of reading whether discussing word play, other worlds, metaphors, free speech, or other topics that are relevant as a person matures in critical thinking in this world.  Also, Rushdie's mastery of story and language fills me with inspiration to write, and maybe it will also have this effect on some young readers!  That, or it would be fun to have children draw their favorite scenes, since they are so vividly depicted.  This is a great read no matter what your age, but I can see how it would be fun to read with some kids!

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July 08, 2010
I would agree that this is a good children's book, but it's also a HUGE book for adults. Underneath a fun whimsical story that any child would love is a commentary on censorship and much deeper social issues. It's a fascinating narrative and Rushdie is an incredible author, capable of holding a lot of fragments of his story apart and wrapping them smoothly up at the end without leaving any loose ends.
 
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Literary maestro Salman Rushdie weaves an exuberant tale in his novel "Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Rushdie's simple and rhythmic language creates a parable devoured with relish by adults and children alike. The classic storytelling is filled with insight on growing up, freedom of speech, families, and the true meaning of happily ever after.      Haroun Khalifia lives in a "ruinously sad" city that has forgotten its name. He is the only child of a famed …
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