Why is it that so many books portray a simple, slow paced life as being in every way superior to a fast paced city life. Yes, I believe we need to take care of our natural resources. That message I can agree with. But w My 8 year old and I sat down to read this together. But while I love to get out into the great outdoors for a few days and enjoy the peace and solitude, I am always glad to return to my busy, people-filled life in the city.
Country living isn't for everyone it's not for me and living all alone at the end of the world would be bad for my mental health rather than being idyllic as is portrayed here. I am clearly the wrong audience for this book. Jun 22, Lynn rated it it was amazing. Boy did this book zero in on exactly what I have been feeling lately!!!!! Sometimes we desperately need to step out of the world and feel the "soft loneliness. Kevin Hawkes' illustrations put the feeling of the book into pictures. I know it isn't just frazzled adults who will connect with this book.
Way too many children will feel it was written for them. What a great book to use with ALL ages fo Boy did this book zero in on exactly what I have been feeling lately!!!!! What a great book to use with ALL ages for discussion and writing prompts. Oct 29, Clare Vaughn rated it it was amazing.
Anderson has so much to say to young people, and does it in the most delightful, blunt, surprising ways. I adore his writing and his young adult novels, and I adored this book all the more. This book lingers on the alone time, and lends it a contentedness that you don't often see in children's books. It by no means ignores the benefits of social interaction, but it gives equal importance to spending time with yourself and what you need to be happy, rather than what society tells you that yo M.
It by no means ignores the benefits of social interaction, but it gives equal importance to spending time with yourself and what you need to be happy, rather than what society tells you that you need. Not to mention the illustrations and setting are dreamy as can be.
This book was a lovely mix of Shel Silverstein's emotional intuitiveness, Dr. Seuss' imagination, and M. Jun 10, Carrie Gelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is something about this book that is pute magic to me. It speaks of honouring simplicity, of the beauty of nature and the importance of solitude. Such a lovely book to discuss with a class.
What does it mean? What does it mean to you? A transform book Reading Power So powerful! Dec 21, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: A fantastic story about the beauty of being alone and the simple pleasures in life. A potentially great read aloud in conjunction with discussions about what is enough in our society.
Candlewick Press, reissue A young boy lives all alone at the end of the world. He leads a slow, calm, contented existence.
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Until one day when a Mr. Shimmer arrives, determined to bring some fun and excitement to the end of the world! Shimmer builds an inn, leads tours, creates fun! The boy is initia Anderson, M. The boy is initially caught up in the excitement until one day he realizes he misses the wind and his solitude. This is one of those beautiful picture books that is written for adults.
The message of simplicity and a little solitude being important in our chaotic world is a good one that will resonate with adults and maybe a bit with your more mature young adult readers. An English teacher could utilize this when teaching Walden, and perhaps homeroom teachers going for a larger moral lesson one day, but otherwise I think it will be best considered in the Gift category. What an intensely interesting book, from the evocative title to the story itself.
A boy is happy with his peaceful, introverted solitude, which is shattered when a bombastic entrepreneur comes along. This book was certainly unique and I was unable to stop reading and eager to see how it ended. Well worth the time to read it May 08, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Like the combination of full color and line drawn illustrations, the story is oblique but has a message.
Mar 22, Lori rated it liked it. A book I liked and can easily relate to, but a book that I don't think many of my kids will ever check out. Great that that the central character is so independent too. Mar 15, Sarah Alston rated it it was amazing. It's about being in nature, and be attuned to those things which are not vying for your attention. Oct 03, LesLee Sanders rated it really liked it. This book was about a kid who lived at the end of the world. He enjoyed his quiet peaceful life. Shimmer showed up liking the spot and introduced the boy to tourists and created an Inn that provided nightlife, fun activities, and a whole lot of noise.
Although, the boy enjoyed meeting and playing with new friends he began to miss his quiet life and escaped at the end to the top of a mountain where again he could hear the breeze and enjoy the quiet of his surroundings. This book I would This book was about a kid who lived at the end of the world. This book I would recommend as a read aloud. The pictures were intriguing, you could find faces in some of the natural surroundings.
This book would be good to use for students to find the moral or lesson learned in a story. Sometimes people just want to be left alone.
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It also could be used as a retell or identifying the problem and solution in a story. The problem was Mr. Shimmer created an inn that attracted a lot of noise and people. Mar 21, J-Lynn rated it liked it Shelves: This book is an interesting look at the destruction of wildlife for human frivolity.
The book starts with a young boy who, oddly enough, lives alone with his mule at the end of the world. An old man shows up, convinces the boy that he is lonely and needs friends and persists to build a huge inn and amusement park on the edge. As the resort gets b This book is an interesting look at the destruction of wildlife for human frivolity. As the resort gets bigger and more people come, the wild beasts and other eccentricities of World End begin to disappear. Eventually, the boy realizes that he misses hearing the wind and moves to live all alone at the top of the world.
Oct 05, Ellie rated it it was amazing.
It is a beautifully illustrated tale about a boy living a quiet, content life away from the city. He finds joy in simple pastimes like listening to the wind. When I looked up the reviews on Good Reads, there were a lot of adults discussing the different themes of the book and the heavy message. They also suggest this book for children over 9 years old. He was drawn to the boy who becomes overwhelmed by the loud and noi It is a beautifully illustrated tale about a boy living a quiet, content life away from the city.
He was drawn to the boy who becomes overwhelmed by the loud and noisy carnival resort, that takes over his once quiet woods. He could relate to wanting to be a part of the party, but also being so affected that he needs to get away. It was a very powerful book for our family.
May 27, Paul Hankins rated it really liked it Shelves: A young man spends his days living at the end of the world where time is filled with imaginative pursuits and carefree activities. While the main character attempts to keep his daily activities, inviting others to come along, it slowly begins to be too much. Natural ladders to WALDEN here make this a discussion worthy picture book that would work nicely with Thoreau's clas A young man spends his days living at the end of the world where time is filled with imaginative pursuits and carefree activities.
Invitations might include asking students to describe their own "end of the world" place and activities. I think we'd be surprised at how little solitude many of our young people have today. Apr 27, Robert Owens rated it liked it Shelves: As I was arranging some books in my classroom library, I came across this.
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I'm sure I have seen it before, but I haven't a clue. I have no idea where it came from. It is not part of the reading series, so who knows? Anyhow, the title caught my attention. In the mood I am in presently, I thought I would relate to a character who lived alone at the end of the world. After having read it, I do relate to him! Oh, yes, he is me. The book did take a "The Lorax" turn as the end of the world was exploited As I was arranging some books in my classroom library, I came across this. The book did take a "The Lorax" turn as the end of the world was exploited and what once was held dear by the boy could no longer be enjoyed once the amusement park and hotel came.
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So the boy moved. The illustrations nicely accompany the book. It wasn't as wonderful as I had hoped, but it's an okay read. Feb 25, Fumi Agboola rated it it was amazing Shelves: This fantasy book will have your students very engaged. The book illustrates the story of a boy that lives at the "end of the world" and he meets new people and new beings and learns more about the place he calls home.
Because of its use of descriptive langauage and suspense, I think this would be a great book for teaching students about predictions in stories. In addition, I think this can help students use more imaginative words in their writing. I would certainly use this book to illustrate to students how words can elevate a story.
This is a WOW book because I couldn't put the book down, ad I was excited to see where the boy in the story ended up. Jun 19, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: One time I read a collection of short stories. OK, more than once, but only one matters here. MT Anderson's was my super favorite. And I want that with every Anderson I read, ever. Perhaps my expectations are too high?
This was a lovely story about the value of quiet, solitude, and maybe even boredom in a world that doesn't stop. Steyn argues that "much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive the twenty-first century , and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most European countries. Steyn's final argument is that the Muslim world will not need to carry out an outright attack.
Instead, Europe will collapse from " wimpiness " or "multicultural 'sensitivity,'" leading to betrayal of the state's core values. Thus, during the Danish 'cartoon jihad' of , Jack Straw , then British foreign secretary, hailed the 'sensitivity' of Fleet Street in not reprinting the offending representations of the Prophet. Christopher Hitchens reviewed the book with praise, and describes it as "an admirably tough-minded book.
Mark Steyn's book is essentially a challenge to the bien-pensants among us: He need not pose as if he were the only one with the courage to think in this way. The British novelist Martin Amis also reviewed the book in The Times and hailed Steyn as the "great sayer of the unsayable" but goes on to state:. I continue to hope that his admonitions will gain some momentum, despite the efforts of his prose style to impede it. Bush who also gave copies to his White House staff. That many of Steyn's conclusions will be unpalatable to the European consensus only underlines how much a failure to face harsh truths has characterised the European response to the scale of the terrorist threat we face.
Daniel Johnson in his criticism of the theory of the West's decline referred to America Alone stating:. On Europe, Steyn is as damning as he is persuasive: Canadian newspaper publisher and author, Conrad Black in his review of Steyn's follow-up book After America: Get Ready for Armageddon referred to America Alone as extolling.
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Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting criticized the book as "inarguably Islamophobic,"  and author Suhayl Saadi in the Independent referred to it as "hysterical". Steyn himself has written on the tenth anniversary of its publication writing: I'm glad I brought up the subject. And it's well past time for others to speak out". Maclean's magazine was accused of publishing eighteen Islamophobic articles between January and July The CIC approached Macleans and asked for "equal space" to publish a response, specifically "not a little letter to the editor".