Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Summer Savings Up to 25% Off Cloud Drive Photos Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Learn more Shop now Learn more

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars6
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 2 August 1997
I was alternately enthralled and appalled by Opal Whiteley's life story. Her "explores" into the beauty and hardships of nature, as she so intelligently and sensitively recorded them at age 6, helped reconnect me to the magic of childhood. But nearly every diary entry also revealed the cruelty and coarseness forced upon this gifted child by her immediate family. My heart broke, time and again, over the complete lack of understanding she received--throughout the years. Hers was a life of promise laid waste by the dull and perhaps malicious minds that surrounded her at nearly every stage.
I hope that Hoff's second-hand information was accurate, and that before she died, Opal indeed knew about his book and was pleased.
0Comment|4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 1 September 1999
I read this book as a little girl growing up in rural Alaska. To this day I remember it as being the most magical book I had ever read. Opal and her friends, particularly "Jupiter", (although I didn't realize at the time he was a rat) became my friends too. If you want to encourage your child's imagination, I highly recommend this book. I'm so glad to see that it is available again in print.
0Comment|4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 31 December 1998
In a work of searingly connected natural vision, Opal Whitely reveals a nature only seen with the eyes of love. With her child's words of revelation canting several degrees from the world we've been desensitized into accepting, Opal's description of the world of her friends--trees and tiny animals with epic names--will leave you unable to ever again blithely ignore the life songs of the tiny, radiant creatures and plants all around us.
0Comment|3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 9 December 1998
From the time I opened the covers, I was altered by this book and the world around me has transformed as well. I think that Opal Whitely was the best writer that ever held a pencil in her fist while a doormouse slept in her petticoat. I am full of admiration for her insight and love of nature and I'm sometimes just as baffled by humans. A great book by a great teacher.
0Comment|2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 April 2016
Book arrived like new.Started reading and excellently written ...so interesting.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 11 March 1998
To me, the diary of Opal Whiteley is truly a masterpiece of American primitive literature. However, I feel the Hoff biography is full of speculation and inaccuracies. Without a single footnote or source reference, he makes statements about her life and origins that are illogical and unprovable. I knew Opal personally for a decade, and knew people who knew he since the 1930's. Opal was never told about the Hoff book, as she would not have approved.
0Comment|2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse