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Michelle M. (3m) reviewed The Door in the Wall (Yearling Newbery) on
Helpful Score: 6
My favorite passage sums up this book nicely:
"Fret not, my son. None of us is perfect. It is better to have crooked legs than a crooked spirit. We can only do the best we can with what we have. That, after all, is the measure of success: what we do with what we have."
Robin is a boy whose father expects him to be a knight. When his father goes off to war, Robin is left alone and falls ill. His legs are slightly crippled afterward. Some monks come to his aid and he learns to "do the best with what he has." Recommended.
Excellent book! Unfortunately, my kids refuse to read books I've previewed, so it is almost new after sitting on the shelf for over a year.
The main character almost dies, and is left with unusable legs. A kind monk begins teaching him to swim. He overcomes his paralysis - this story is about his journey. Very good. Kind of historic novel.
A lovely romantic book, focusing on how a loving parent would react to disability, instead of how real medieval nobles would have likely reacted... BUT - it is marvelously well done. I loved _The Door in the Wall_ as a child, and I still love it now.
Pounced on a replacement copy immediately upon seeing it, two weeks ago. My original copy has been lost for nearly a decade. I read this first probably in the late 70s.
'And she will say, "I'll bake thee a bannock,"' has always been one of my most favorite parts. Falling from directions - how to get to the house - into a very motherly response to a guest. -grin-
Fine fast read about a crippled boy who learns that he is greater than the sum of his parts. Lots of Christian ideals, but it didn't feel too preachy to me or my daughter. It supported moral behavior without making it medicinal tasting.
This is about a boy( Robin) in the middle ages , who became lame after his parents had to go away and found himself all alone and depressed, when a friar came and took him in and helped him. The friar also accompanied him to a castle where he was suppost to be a page. The book shows the struggles Robin goes through bec of his handicap, but he overcomes it and even becomes a hero, when the castle gets attacked from the enemy. This is a very nice story, helping children( and adults) to understand life in the middle ages. I would recommend it to every family. We read it as a read aloud at the family dinner.