- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reissue edition (Dec. 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380017458
- ISBN-13: 978-0380017454
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,069,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Anything Box Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1977
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In her short story The Anything Box, I appreciated Henderson's sympathetic characterization of the teacher. Henderson, a teacher herself, ably presented the character in a positive manner, without distracting us from the center of the story, Sue-lynn and her Anything Box. Through the teacher's observations, I grew sympathetic for Sue-lynn as a fragile, young mind. At the same time, I was thankful the young girl had such a caring teacher looking out for her well-being. As a side note, I'd like to think that Henderson was such a teacher, given her characterization of the teacher and her obvious empathy for her young charge.
The rest of the stories in this book are just as well-written and engrossing. This is positively one of the best books I've ever read.
Almost, but not quite. Henderson is a wonderful writer whose short stories bring to mind the best prose of Clifford D. Simak or Theodore Sturgeon. In the end, I discovered that I had not forgotten a word. The worlds of Zenna Henderson are not necessarily happy worlds. There is sweetness, and there is often resolution of a kind. But the sweetness is often bittersweet, and the resolution is not always exactly what a reader might hope or expect.
Recommended for any reader who likes intelligent speculative fiction. Should be suitable for all ages. If you can find it, buy it!