4 out of 4 stars
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When I Was Young by Joe Estacio is a children’s book written in a poetic format. The author remembers and shares his time as a child when you did not have to be afraid and could enjoy playing in the park, spending time with your parents, and doing chores. A time much different from today, where both parents work, you have to worry about school shootings, pedophiles, and other dangerous people that could be living down the street from you. It is about a time when you did not have to live in fear and worry about your children’s safety.
This short book demonstrates a carefree way of living that will make children interested in hearing stories from their parents and grandparents about their childhoods. The author has included beautiful and well-designed illustrations that demonstrate what he is talking about. Young children, who are not able to read, will love looking at these illustrations. These illustrations will prod you to add some of your own stories as you are reading the book to your children. Another positive aspect is that it only takes about 15 minutes to read the book, making it a perfect bedtime story.
I did not see any negative aspects in this well-written and fast-paced book. The plot flows smoothly, and I could not wait to see what memory the author wrote about next. This book definitely took me down memory lane.
A professional editor has edited this exceptionally well-edited book. There are no errors and no reason to give this book less than 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend this book to children, parents, or anyone who wants to go down memory lane to a simpler time. Although children under the age of six may have trouble with some of the words, as stated previously, they will enjoy the illustrations and having the book read to them. The family in the story goes to church and pray before going to bed, so you may want to avoid this book if you find that offensive.
When I Was Young
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