It's time for my blog stop for SIX WEEKS TO YEHIDAH by Melissa Studdard. This blog tour is presented by Sage's Blog Tours.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Melissa Studdard is the author of the bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah, and its companion journal, My Yehidah (both on All Things That Matter Press). Melissa currently serves as a Reviewer-at-Large for The National Poetry Review, an editorial advisor for Lapis Lazuli Journal of The Harold Pinter Society of India, and a contributing editor for Tiferet Journal. She is also the host of Tiferet Journal’s radio program, Tiferet Talk. She is a professor at a community college in Texas and a teaching artist at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative.
As you might have guessed already, she loves anything related to writing and reading, whether it's sitting alone with a book and a cup of hot tea, or attending a large poetry reading or literary festival.
She also loves travelling, meditating, going for walks, bicycling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.
She currently resides in Texas with her wonderful daughter and their four sweet but mischievous cats.
TO LEAR MORE VISIT HER SITE: www.melissastuddard.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK.
"The thing you would notice most was the rain, how the rain fell and fell and never seemed to stop. The sky was constantly swollen with it, then birthing it, swollen, then birthing again, and the hills, like greedy babies, suckled up all that rain. They shone and glistened green as the backs of frogs on bright green lily pads.Annalise was ten then, old enough that she’d begun thinking about grown up things, like picking her own clothes out for school, yet young enough, still, to indulge in fanciful imaginings of enchanted trees and talking hills. Her best friends were the clouds that canopied her village and the verdant hills that hosted her most precious and outrageous dreams."
As spunky young Annalise travels from one adventure to another, she learns ancient wisdom traditions and gains deeper and deeper insight into herself and her world. Eventually she must make the most important decision she's ever faced -- whether or not to return to the self she has always known.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Six weeks to Yehidah is one of those books that have different messages for different readers. If you are a little kid you may enjoy the fantasy and the amazing world created by Melissa. Also you might find helpful lessons on it, because it has a lot of things that would help children through some paths of childhood.
As for an adult (or a young adult like me) the book is a lovely book about self-discovery and about getting the wisdom to live a full life. It helps us to remind a lot of the things we forgot as we grow up. It also has messages that are important for all no matter how old we are.
Annalise is a ten-year-old girl in a world where sheep can speak and you travel from cloud to cloud. Passing a series of test she learns a lot about tolerance, love, friendship, help others and the things that make us different and equal at the same time.
At first sight you can see that Melissa got her inspiration from some classic stories. There are little words or passages, which you may feel similar, but she has an original way to write the story in an simple language and with a character that feels modern and who is easy to relate with.
The idea that we have to be tolerant with different religions and with different point of views is one of the high points of the book. Is one of the things you have to really capture from the pages and take to your day by day.
One of the things that I came up with was that this book presents the perfect opportunity for adults and kids to read together because in my opinion their different points of view about the book will help them to have a more wide sight of the story.