Time For Tales
Publishing, 2003 Enjoyed
the Read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
This is an anthology of four
of popular Writer Boonstra's favorite tales. In A Special Marriage
the reader is invited to come along to a haunted castle for the
wedding of Thimble and Scissors, and to attend a second, surprise
wedding as well. While in Eucalypta's Lesson we meet Eucalypta
the witch and Peter the gnome. Eucalypta is jealous of Peter
and his popularity, a magic spell goes awry and Eucalypta learns
a valuable lesson. Rolly Pollie Visits Rotterdam poor Rolly;
he dances in the Hofplein fountain and runs afoul of the law.
After days of visiting it is time for Rolly to return to his
own home. He travels by Sea Gull! The Legend of Queen Martina
introduces us to the tiny kingdom of Asereje where Prince Jasper
set out to find his abducted mother. A note says Queen Martina
will be given to the Fire Dragon.
Gifted Writer Boonstra has produced
a highly readable work with her well-crafted anthology. "Time
For Tales" is a pleasing project suitable for older children
and adults who enjoy short stories. Language flows in a satisfying
manner drawing the reader into each of the offered anecdotes.
Boonstra writes about things that might be and about remarkable
enchanted lands peopled with inhabitants who behave much as most
of us do. Writer Boonstra's characters are not all faultless
folks, rather they have many of the same warts and warbles as
we all do. This only adds to the charm of the book.
As with all of her work Boonstra
provides richly drawn milieu to tickle the fancy of the most
demanding reader. Boonstra's skillfully interwoven story lines
keep the reader absorbed and turning the pages as they meet the
fascinating characters filling Boonstra's mystical lands. "Time
For Tales" offers some gentle reminders to the reader that
kindness is an admirable and worthwhile attribute we will all
do well to develop in our own lives.
"Time For Tales" is
a well written grouping of short stories three of which are illustrated
with glorious art works provided by the author's three talented
children: Alexa, Steven or Jouke. The Boonstra children have
outdone themselves in producing especially delightful works to
illustrate the tales. A Special Marriage is richly illustrated
by celebrated author/artist Ron Axelson.
This is a publication suitable
for classroom use for middle grade youngsters to use for their
free reading time as well as beginning adult readers needing
a high interest moderate vocabulary work. The book will work
well as a read-to of the individual tales for parents to use
for reading to their