Official Review: The Mansion by Mary Settle

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Official Review: The Mansion by Mary Settle

Post by LV2R » 15 Dec 2018, 01:46

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Mansion" by Mary Settle.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Mansion by Mary Settle is a children’s fictional short story that tells of a boy that lives in a mansion on a hill and a girl who lives in the valley below. The boy spends his days in a wheelchair, isolated from the world. Opinions and beliefs about him were formed that were not too kind. The girl is “forced” to face her fears and gets to know the boy. Read this story to know what the girl found out about the boy and how her life and others changed from befriending the boy in the wheelchair.

Even though I am not a poetry fan, I really enjoyed the poetic style of this story. The words rhymed fantastically and described the situations wonderfully well. I liked that the story showed the side of being disabled as well as what others do or don’t see in a handicapped person.

I like that the author shared that she has been blessed being born with Cerebral Palsy, and she is active in breaking down stereotypes of people with disabilities. She writes from experience and feelings in a positive way.

I rate The Mansion 4 out of 4 stars. The book is very well edited, and the poems are meaningful, easy to understand and tell a story. The illustrations helped to picture the story and gave an added bonus to the book. If there were any weaknesses to the book, I would have to say that a few of the illustrations could have depicted the boy and girl better. The first picture could have been more descriptive of the wheelchair by the window with the boy of rosy cheeks. All in all, I liked the pictures and thought the illustrator’s strength was in illustrating the mansion and the background scenes.

This book would appeal to teachers, parents, and children of all ages. This is a great book to help children view others as a person and not judge on outer appearances or other’s opinions of someone.

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Post by Sushan » 15 Dec 2018, 23:58

I recently developed an affinity to children's books, so I think I might like this as well. Nice review đź‘Ťđź‘Ť
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Post by Cotwani » 16 Dec 2018, 00:04

Its important to breakdown stereotyping people with disabilities and to teach children to be sensitive to others. Great review!
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Post by Book Lover 35 » 16 Dec 2018, 00:22

It sounds like a good book. I like the theme behind it. Thank you!
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Post by Lucia Francis100 » 16 Dec 2018, 03:25

I love the fact that the author made the story real,and gave the disable boy an opportunity to love,cause the way people actually treat disabled people it's as though they aren't human,the novel is cool.

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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Dec 2018, 18:01

I love that the author is trying to break down prejudices. It seems like a wonderful children's book. It reminds me a bit of Secret Garden. I'll check it out. Thanks.
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Post by LV2R » 16 Dec 2018, 20:32

kandscreeley wrote: ↑
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I love that the author is trying to break down prejudices. It seems like a wonderful children's book. It reminds me a bit of Secret Garden. I'll check it out. Thanks.
Thanks for your comment. This may be a good book for your students.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 16 Dec 2018, 22:58

I really hope the lesson that all people should be treated with kindness shines brightly in this book. It definitely sounds like the story has a lot of potential for teaching kids valuable lessons about how to treat and view others.

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Post by Shrabastee » 17 Dec 2018, 00:54

I find the premise unique. I believe it is really important to break the stereotypes! If people who are born with some condition or other reach to others through their writing, it will probably be more effective to understand their side of the story. I admire how the author states she was "blessed" to have been born with cerebral palsy.
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Post by MsTri » 17 Dec 2018, 02:19

I adore children's books, and the lessons contained in this tale of a physically-challenged boy sound fantastic. Thanks so much for the introduction!

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Post by TJanowski23 » 17 Dec 2018, 11:58

Moral lessons presented in a story format is always a win for me. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Vickie Noel » 22 Dec 2018, 14:10

A children's book presented in poetry format sounds engaging! I especially like that the author strives to encourage young ones not to judge people by their appearances or what others think about them. Great review!
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Post by BarbaraGibson900 » 27 Dec 2018, 03:30

A very nice review. I grew up in the fifties watching my younger brother endure stares, he was born with cerebral palsy. This sounds like a good book for children.

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Post by Kajori50 » 27 Dec 2018, 14:34

I like how the author breaks stereotypes through her story. The fact that the book is written in the form of poetry is a plus.

Thank you for the great review.

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