This is the story of a writer and a reader The writer is a person The reader is a rat They share an old house on Long Island, but have never met How these two lonely creatures discover one another is the essence of this story....
|Title||:||Walter: The Story of a Rat|
|Publisher||:||Boyds Mills Press 1 September 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||64 Seiten|
|File Size||:||794 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Walter: The Story of a Rat Reviews
Ich bin erwachsen und habe doch ein Faible für Kinderbücher. Dieses ist ausgesprochen erwachsenentauglich (kindertauglich auch) und entzückend illustriert.Ein toller Zufallsfund, ich bin auf dieses Buch beim Stöbern gestossen.
after reading the book myself and loving it, I read it to my 7 year old and he liked it as well. The story is very touching. The books language is phantastic: none of that easy children language. So I think it is necessary to read it together with your child and explain the more uncommon words.
I found my self rereading, not just a sentence here or there but whole pages of moving/funny scenes to my family aloud. As one who adores the rat as not only a fun pet but as an actual companion on my shoulder I couldn't resist buying this book and am very glad I did. Wersba knows the 'life' of a rat and has incorporated it within the story giving the reader a lot of fun facts wrapped withing the story. I found myself rereading many of the books Walter quotes within the story just because he reminded me of the emotions I had reading them the first time. Such a well written short book! The drawings throughout the book were also a fun treat. Though this is marketed as a children's book I know adults would enjoy it.
This is one of those books that expects a lot of children – many will need adult help to stick with it and understand its subtle, quiet beauty. There is little action, certainly nothing of the edge-of-your-seat sort that many of today’s youth are used to. The vocabulary is quite rich, much of which will be beyond the understanding of many kids (although the words are used very naturally, not arrogantly just to show off how erudite the author is, and the context helps for most words). The book is filled with references to other literature, both children’s and adult literature, which I suspect most children will not be familiar with. I loved this book, but then, I’m a middle-aged bookworm, not an active 10-year-old.The story centers around the blossoming friendship between two very lonely creatures, one a writer, one a reader; one a human, one a rat. Walter, named for Sir Walter Scott, arrived at Miss Pomeroy’s residence an old and rather battered rat, fearful to be discovered lest Miss Pomeroy, like every other human, react with horror and terror and chase him out. Walter has always had the ability to read, but it’s only been here in the relative safety of Miss Pomeroy’s house that he has been able to exercise that ability with any sort of consistency. Here he is able to read entire books, not just the scraps of them dug out of the garbage.The book is basically a slow revealing of Miss Pomeroy’s and Walter’s inner lives. We see Miss Pomeroy as an isolated hermit who hasn’t much care for the state of her home or garden. We suspect there must be more to her, as does Walter. After finding one of the children’s books that she has written, Walter is shocked – and even a bit offended – that she is described as a cook and a gardener, when he knows perfectly well she is neither. But what is even more offensive is that she writes books about a mouse named Bromberg. Just why is it that mice get all the good press, while rats are reviled and slandered as filthy disease carriers?This betrayal is too much for Walter who simply must find a way to disabuse Miss Pomeroy – whom he had admired greatly – of such notions. On the other hand, he still does admire her (and he does, after all, still live in her house), so he must tread cautiously. And so begins the tentative correspondence and gradual, sublte transformation, of these two lonely souls.The beginning of their correspondence offers a hint of suspense and the possibility of some action, but the only action turns out to be the drama of the revelations in the personality of Miss Pomeroy and the relationship between the human and the rat, but even that is very muted and quiet. We sense that there is a lot to Miss Pomeroy, perhaps some past tragedy that has left her so lonely and detached. But if so, we never find out what it is. Just the simple contact between two equal, albeit quite different, creatures, seems to be healing for both.It’s difficult to rate this book or to give recommendations. I personally loved it, but I suspect most kids will label it “boring”. It’s probably best read with an adult or perhaps as part of a book group, and even then this is not a good introduction for new or reluctant readers. When I was in perhaps fourth or fifth grade I fell in love with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s THE SECRET GARDEN, and this book has a bit of the same flavor, so perhaps that would be a good book to try first. This book is aided immensely by Donna Diamond’s realistic (albeit black-and-white) illustrations sprinkled liberally throughout.
I have not felt this compelled to write a review in quite a while! If one wants to combine philosophy, intelligence, beauty and ensure charm this is the book to read! Not only told from a fellow animal's point of view, Barbara Wersba brings to light the depths of the human character in the story as well as her own. The first word that came to mind is charm. An author may write with beautiful word 'furnishings' and impress with decorative knowledge 'accessories', but charm is a quality of the soul that is accessed through authenticity, and expressed with one's own personal flair. Not to leave out praise in the highest for the illustrations, breathtaking! That is what I found in this book. Not a word wasted! and that is something Walter would approve of.Regards,Jenny L. Batesauthor, "Opening Doors: An equilog of poetry about Donkeys"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The drawings were warmly detailed and delicate. I felt the story so heartwarming. It explains how Walter and Miss Pomeroy, who were both living lonely existences for different reasons, took the 'risk' of putting themselves in each other's lives in hopes of making that wonderful connection we call friendship.The exchange of notes was sweet - and the first note back from Miss Pomeroy "i know" actually gave me goosebumps.Towards the end of the book there is a drawing of Walter and Miss Pomeroy together. It was so poignant is made me cry. I highly recommend this sweet story. I would think it would be especially helpful to a child who is introverted and afraid to make new friends.
Although this near-perfect book has been marketed as a "children's" book, it would be loved and treasured by anyone who loves books and reading. I would compare it to "Charlotte's Web" and the Narnia books as a book that will appeal to children older than seven as a story, but it will mean something deep and touching to their parents. There's a slight hint of melancholy to the book -- a pleasant melancholy -- as there is in "Charlotte's Web." I will be giving it to everyone on my Christmas list this year. My copy is going on my shelf of very special books you read and re-read throughout your life, next to E.B. White, the Narnia books, and "The Little Book Room," by Eleanor Farjeon.