Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Wren [Paperback]

Marie Killilea
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Mass Market Paperback --  
Paperback, Jun 1968 --  
Unknown Binding --  

Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co (Jun 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440497043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440497042
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

5 star
0
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1.0 out of 5 stars
1.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Maudlin & Misleading 8 July 2010
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I initially enjoyed Karen and With Love from Karen even though they were maudlin and were written in a self-congratulatory, self-important tone. As a child and teen, I actually enjoyed those books until I dug a little bit deeper and moved past the sugary veneer and listened to people who actually knew this family.

I disliked "Wren" right off the bat. This effort to summarize Karen's life thus far into an abridged reading for children was a singular disaster. This book received critical reviews on the U.S. boards, so I am not alone in my aversion for this book. I thought it talked down to readers and made light of cerebral palsy. I also didn't like the way Marie Killilea called herself "Mom Pom" in the book, as in "Mom Pom made dinner," "Mom Pom read to Karen and Rory," etc.

To call this stinker maudlin and misleading would be accurate, albeit a very gentle description. Families contending with a child or children who have special needs are not all smiles, hugs, patronizing platitudes about gratitude and condescending lectures about how good suffering is for a child. There were tones of racism that bothered me as well. One of the kids' pets was a rabbit that had a very racist name. While that may not have been as offensive to prevailing sensibilities in 1954, it certainly does not sit well with the world at large today.

I thought the statement that Karen was always cheerful, hardworking and uncomplaining was a crock of steaming bull. Even Karen includes parts about Karen's displeasure at having cerebral palsy.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for children! 9 Sep 2001
By Lorrie Macgregor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If someone can get their hands on this Book, Wren, I highly
recommend it for children and parents who have a sibling with
cerebral palsy. It will teach young children that anyone with
a disability can do anything if they have their mind set to it.
Almost everyone I knew read Wren when I was growing up.
I read it because it helped me understand my own cerebral palsy.
Thanks
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book on cerebral palsy for children 27 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful way to introduce children to cerebral palsy. Written by the mother of a child with CP, the story is told from the point of view of the big sister. Learn how Marie views the arrival of her sister and her feelings about her sister's challenges. Especially good for children dealing with a sibling's diagnosis.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic that is at once educational and delightful to read 20 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Wren" tells for children the inspiring story of Karen Killilea, the child who lived a miracle, and of her remarkable family. Beautifully illustrated, "Wren" invites the reader into the world of a child with cerebral palsy and, without ever preaching, opens the heart of a child reader before thst child has been afraid of those with disabilities. The humor and charm of the story will be much loved even in families without a special situation.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up with CP 29 April 2001
By Lorrie MacGregor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
i HAVE TO ADMIT THAT WREN WAS ONE OF MY FIRST lOVES I HAVE CP AND IT HELPED ME TO UNDERSTAND MY OWN CP.
UNLESS YOU KNOW THE TIME-FRAME IN WHICH THIS WAS WRITTEN,YOU CAN NOT UNDERSDTAND HOW HER MOTHER FELT. I LIKED IT
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I've ever read! 16 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Wren" is one of my favourite books. My other favourites are "Karen" and "With Love From Karen." I think Marie Killilea is one of the best authors ever!
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback