Like others here have mentioned, I am perplexed how at odds the cover of this book is with the little boy we meet inside. I expected some angst riddled tale about the hardships Jackie had to endure as he struggled to grow up. The reality is quite the opposite… in fact Jackie is an intelligent, well behaved little guy from a loving family who thinks very normal little boy thoughts about the various things that happen in his life in the late 30s and early 40s Canada.
As an adult reader, it’s intriguing to get inside his head and listen to Jackie’s thoughts about all sorts of things like starting school, going to the dentist, having an operation, conquering his fears on a hike as a wolf cub scout, building forts, and having snowball fights with his siblings as well as the things that were important to him, the things that scared him etc. It’s also an interesting example of what life was like some 70 or 80 odd years ago… things have definitely changed. Although the war in Europe was in full swing, Jackie as a young boy of 8 or 9 wasn’t really focused on it.
For youth readers, I’d say fourth, fifth, sixth grade sounds about like the age child who would appreciate this book. It would be a wonderful book for a teacher to read aloud to the class with an in depth discussion of life then versus now. It could also serve as a good precursor to students keeping a journal and writing all their thoughts down.
Well written and well edited with fun little sketches that accompany each chapter, Jackie is an engaging, enlightening story about a nice little kid and all the little boy thoughts he has in his head as each day brings a new challenge… suitable for both children and adults.*
I received a copy of Jackie from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I have given. I do not know John Tammela.
5.0 out of 5 stars The adventures of a little boy trying to grow up by John Tammela is a beautiful must read December 31, 2014 By Coco Format: Kindle Edition Given To Me For An Honest Review
Jackie: The adventures of a little boy trying to grow up by John Tammela is a beautiful must read. The book cover should not even be taken in. The cover does nothing to go with the story inside. This is a young boy’s memoir, John Tammela, of his life growing up between 1930’s through the 1940’s, He has a loving family but he gets into all sorts of adventures.We read about operations to bread cars and everything in between. He shares all of this with clarity and humor. There is no drama or suspense at all in this story. The only thing you’ll read is about a little boy and his life growing up in the 1930’s through the 1940’s. This is a fun and adventurous read. It’s a very simple story of a little boy. This book would make a great gift and would make a great addition to anyone’s bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but wish I could have given it more. I highly recommend it to everyone. I just loved it. It is one that you will re-read and re-read again. I look for more from John Tammela.