Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Liesl and Po
While this is an adventurous story, Lauren Oliver reveals in the notes that she wrote this story because a close friend had died and her world felt gray. That explains the character of Po, who is both at peace with being on the Other Side, but lost too. And it explains the optimistic sorrow of Liesl, who misses her father so but wants to continue to live and be happy somehow. This is the type of book that I want to read over and over again. It makes the heart swell and break all at the same time.
I would recommend this book for children in grades 3 to 5. I hope that this book becomes a Caudill nominee soon, since this is a book that begs to be read. Also, this would make a great classroom read aloud.
Liesl and Po is one of my new favorite books. 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, 10 million points, however you want to say it, it's good. I checked this book out from the library and then bought a copy to keep-it is that good!