4 out of 4 stars
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Mildred The Bird Lady by Rose M. Jones is a fiction story that emphasizes the importance of the 'dash' in life—the space of years between our birth and death. The themes of this book revolve around passion and friendship.
Four-year-old Mary Parker encounters a sad woman in a park feeding birds. She is drawn to her presence and starts a conversation about the birds. Their interaction doesn't last long as Mary is pulled away from the woman by her angry mother, who warns her sternly about talking to strangers. As much as she is careful not to upset her mother, Mary can't resist the woman in the park, which her mother derogatory refers to as 'The Bird Lady,' and keeps a relationship with her over the years. The woman, who later introduces herself as Mildred Whitaker, teaches Mary about life, love, the dash's importance in life, and how to make the dash count. Mary and Mildred take solace in each other through the rough, good, and bad times. After her mother's death, Mildred turns into a mother figure for Mary and takes Mary as a daughter. As life goes on, Mary struggles with balancing life challenges and fulfilling her dash in life. Would she be successful? Read to find out more.
Rose M. Jones wrote with deft and skilled finesse. I enjoyed the imagery her words brought with them, and the poetic feel in-between some lines. The flow of both major and minor characters was spot-on, fluid, and well developed.
My favorite character is Aunt Jackie. She is a minor character in the novel, but I am very impressed with her. She was the one that noticed Mary's talent, insisted she went back to school, shouldered responsibilities, and was very caring and open. I couldn't take that for granted. There are loads of value to pack from the pages of this masterpiece, from which I share my favorite line "The word no, chiiild is a complete sentence." This speaks so much to me as much as I expect it does to other readers.
There is nothing I dislike in the book, as I learned a lot from it. I observed a few errors but not too much to distort the flow of the story in the book. Therefore, I rate Mildred The Bird Lady 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend Mildred The Bird Lady to young adults that are trying to find and follow their passion. Also, I believe the book teaches parents valuable lessons about being close and available to their child for confiding, especially the girl child. Finally, teenagers can learn from the book to avoid being swept by the tidal wave of peer pressure. The word 'no' is a complete sentence.
Mildred The Bird Lady
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