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This engaging new story from award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso explores fear and hope, faith and gratitude in ways that will delight kids and adults—inspiring us to bless each of God's new days and nights. But it may surprise—and delight—readers to find how well she knows grown-ups too. Has particular poignancy for various situations in the world today. Children of all ages should be drawn to this parable for our times. Joani Keller Rothenberg earned a master's degree in art therapy from Leslie College and works extensively with children as an art therapist.
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Finding the Fruits of Peace. You have to remain invisible -- interpret all details through the eyes of your protagonist. If your character is familiar with the book's locale, she won't remark upon the setting as if seeing it for the first time. I wiped my hands on my apron and went to the window. Outside, the prairie reached out and touched the places where the sky came down. Though winter was nearly over, there were patches of snow and ice everywhere. I looked at the long dirt road that crawled across the plains, remembering the morning that Mama had died, cruel and sunny.
MacLachlan's verbs -- reached out, touched, crawled -- are gentle, reflecting Anna's love of her home. But the setting is also infused with loss. Because Anna sees more than just prairie when she looks out the window, the words embody her backstory as well as her surroundings. Since picture books have illustrations on every page, their text contains very little description. Don't waste precious words explaining that a character has "red, curly hair" unless the nature of her hair is a crucial plot element.
But precise, sensory details can enhance the visual nature of the book while adding layers to the protagonist. Grandpa was an old, wrinkled, cranky man is a description that could come from any character that happened to spend a few minutes with Grandpa. Hannah thought Grandpa looked like the lemon she had left in the sun for her science experiment: Dialogue does three things: If your dialogue sounds too lifelike, full of pointless small talk or boring lists of the day's activities, then you've cluttered the pages with conversational filler. First, whittle the dialogue down to the essence of the exchange.
Then, add layers of subtext to what's left. The use of body language, tone of voice, and bits of action that break up the dialogue slurping a soda, staring out the window clue the reader into how the characters feel about the what's being said. Each speaker has a distinct way of talking with unique speech patterns and phrasing.
If you're forced to identify the speaker for every line of dialogue in a running conversation, then you haven't allowed your characters' personalities to seep into their banter. This is just as true for talking animals as it is for people. Erickson ages , Hank, the ranch's security dog, finds a dead chicken.
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In the following passage, speech patterns easily delineate the speakers. This dialogue jump-starts the plot, and clearly shows that Hank has a different attitude toward his job than does his sidekick Drover: It's the work of some kind of fiend. And he may still be on the ranch. Maybe we better hide. We're this ranch's first line of defense. If there's a murdering fiend on the loose, we have to catch him. I'm scared of murdering fiends. Picture books are written in a series of scenes, each of which can be illustrated. The average picture book is 32 pages long, but the front matter title page, copyright page, etc.
So assume you have 28 pages for your text. Mark up your manuscript where you think the page breaks might go, or place the text on 28 separate pages, staple them together like a book, and read the story as you turn the pages. Does each page of text inspire a different illustration? Is there something that occurs every other page a tantalizing turn of phrase, a rise in the action that makes the child want to turn the page and see what happens next?
Is the plot's resolution withheld until the end, or are the last few pages a letdown? Sep 20, Kati rated it it was amazing. Loved this last book in the 3rd Baxter series. I would like Kingsbury to write a novel off shooting from this about some of the other characters. Jun 30, Tamara Tilley rated it liked it Shelves: The end of an era.
SUNSET, the last book in a three series, fourteen book sequel, was good, but not the awe inspiring conclusion I expected. This goes to show more is not always better. It goes without say that the Baxter family as a whole was the key characters in this final installment. Once again, there was a lot of reviewing, for the consideration of first time readers. But, for those of us that have read the The end of an era.
But, for those of us that have read the whole series, I found myself breezing over large sections of reflection. I was sad to see John Baxter move on, even though it was realistic that a man of his age would find someone new to love. It felt forced and a bit unbelievable.
I would think, even if Angela was in self-destruct mode, she would not forget the wife of the man she had an affair with. All that to say, on a whole, this series was very enjoyable. But, since the introduction of the Redemption Series in , so many other Christian authors have burst onto the scene with great storytelling skills. Sep 12, Ruth rated it liked it Recommends it for: Karen Kingsbury can write. I have to give her that.
I was in tears while reading this, and I'm not easily moved to tears by books. This is the last installment in a series of books about the Baxter family. The Baxters live in Bloomingdale Illinois? I haven't read any of the other books in the series and in some ways this reminded me of Debbie Macomber's last Cedar Grov Karen Kingsbury can write. I haven't read any of the other books in the series and in some ways this reminded me of Debbie Macomber's last Cedar Grove book--the ensemble had grown so large that much of the book was spent catching up with each one--and enough of the "back story" had to be given so that the characters actions and problems made sense.
I guess that's an occupational hazard of series literature. In any case this book in centered around the widowed father selling the family homestead and moving into a new house with a new wife--who happened to be a good friend of the kids' mom. A couple of the kids are expecting and another is going through a very rough spot in his marriage.
In a postscript, the author indicates that this is the last volume on the Baxters, but that they will be in the backgound in other books set in Bloomingdale. My guess is the main characters of her next book were a young woman and a soldier just returned from and Iraqi prison.
Kingsbury is an unabashadly Christian author. I think this book is a little heavy on the religion. I just prefer to see people live their faith rather than to read them talking about it. Oct 05, Jerry rated it really liked it. A Quickie Review Another enjoyable entry in the Baxter family saga, though I imagine this "conclusion" will be followed up at some point; maybe it already has.
Sep 19, Anne Marie rated it really liked it.
First of all, I am so happy to have been introduced to books by Karen Kingsbury. Even though I read the Sunrise Series first, I would like to go back and read the series that comes before this as well as more books that have come out that involve the Baxter and Flanigan families! I love the scripture that is quoted in the books. It's fascinating how the author made God speak to the characters, and how so many Bible passages were memorized by the characters! In this book, Dayne and Katy help put First of all, I am so happy to have been introduced to books by Karen Kingsbury.
It's of course a huge success with Bailey and her brother Connor playing lead roles. Bailey seems to be getting closer to Tim, hanging out with him and going to her Senior prom with him. But something doesn't feel right. Cody is always on her mind. When his mom calls them to let the family know Cody is missing in action in Iraq, he is more often on their minds and in their prayers.
Cody miraculously escapes his captors, but is shot.
When he finally comes back to Indiana, Bailey is the first one to see him and his injury, a prosthetic on his lower left leg. It's without a doubt that Bailey and Cody have something between them that is very special. John Baxter marries Elaine Denning. We are caught up in John's emotions about making this next step. It is very difficult to know if getting remarried is the right thing to do since John loved his first wife Elizabeth so much.
But through Elizabeth's letters, John knows he's doing the right thing. He's living his life that God gave him to the fullest, and he is happy. The last part of the book ties up lose ends and brings a happy resolution to all. Katy and Dayne have Sophie Kathleen. Ashley and Landon are surprised when Janessa Belle comes into their lives When everyone is back home another surprise awaits Ashley. The family thinks John sold the Baxter family home so he could move into a new home with Elaine. But when Landon's grandfather passed away, he is surprised to receive a check that makes him able to buy the Baxter home for his family!
I'm so happy the home is able to stay within the family!! Dayne and Katy are starting a new chapter, re-opening CKT in their hometown and getting ready to welcome a new baby into their life. Life without Hollywood is pretty sweet: Jim has taken a job with an NFL team nearby, and all seems to be going well.
Bailey really misses Cody though, and she's confused by another growing friendship. John Baxter's getting ready for a wedding as he marries his dear friend Elai Dayne and Katy are starting a new chapter, re-opening CKT in their hometown and getting ready to welcome a new baby into their life. John Baxter's getting ready for a wedding as he marries his dear friend Elaine. He deals with lingering emotions of guilt and begins attempting a real chance at a new beginning. This book is one that ties up many of the ongoing storylines in the Baxter series.
It allows us to get a sense of closure and to move on from their stories into new stories. I like many of the closures of the storylines, and I truly enjoyed this book. I'm going to quickly go through the major characters to give you a picture of them, and don't forget there will probably be spoilers, so if you don't want spoilers, now is the time to stop reading.
He sells the Baxter house, weds Elaine and truly starts a new chapter in his life in this book. He does it with some sadness and reflection. He still feels a little survivors guilt, but his love for Elaine and his joy in life shine through. It's a beautiful mix, and he is one of my favorite Baxter characters.
She finds out that she's pregnant again.
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She really struggles with fear for her baby and the feeling that she could not have another baby die. Not to worry though. She gets a very happy ending, and a sense that her family is full of love. His marriage to Reagan struggles most of the book.
In fact, the word divorce is thrown around as a real possibility. It takes most of the book for him to realize that the root of their problems as a couple is the fact that they have never dealt with their feelings about the night of September 10, Dealing with their lingering guilt and feelings there will be the only way they can both truly move on without just putting a band-aid over the problem. Things are blissful for her. She's directing CKT again.
This is exactly where she wants to be. Things are right with Dayne again. This whole book is her and Dayne's finally happily ever after. She's excited about CKT, but everywhere she turns, she misses Cody. She begins a friendship with Tim Reed, and that helps some, but right now there is only one person for her in life, and that's Cody. As always, he supports Ashley's crazy. He's loving, kind and unfailingly giving to his bride and to his boys.
He deals with the pain of losing his grandfather, and with concerns over whether or not his newest addition will be healthy, but he's a rock. He reminds me of my own husband: She spends much of this book angry at Luke, guilty still over events that happened years before and not truly willing to fix the problems.
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It takes some time for her to turn around, but when she does face her guilt and her pain, she finds that it gives her the strength to finally be the girl that Luke fell in love with so many years ago. I love seeing the shedding of her guilt and her forgiveness of both Luke and herself in this book. It feels like she took off a pound weight.
She is always there to support her husband, her sons and her daughter. We see reflected through Jenny's character her concerns about Bailey, and also her realization of how perfect Bailey and Cody are together. We see her love for Cody as well, and her concern over him as if he were her son too. Kari spends much of her point-of-view time in this book with a really old loose end in the series.
She finds herself being a counselor to Angela Manning after Angela has attempted suicide. Because of God, she is able to truly know that she has forgiven Angela and she is able to show Jesus to Angela.
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