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by Matt Phelan,Betty G. Birney
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Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • Author:
    Matt Phelan,Betty G. Birney
  • ISBN:
    1416934898
  • ISBN13:
    978-1416934899
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  • Publisher:
    Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Growing Up & Facts of Life
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  • Rating:
    4.6
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Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World.

Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. The reward? An adventure that Eben's been craving - a trip to Colorado. Even doesn't think he'll have any luck - he can't think of one single thing that could be considered wondrous in Sassafras - but he's willing to try. Little does he know that the Wonders he'll discover among his neighbors.

Matt Phelan (Illustrator) . Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. Infused with magical realism, Betty G. Birney’s The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs seamlessly blends a young boy’s coming-of-age with the tall tales typical of rural country life in this heartwarming children’s novel.

Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. and Me and Two of a Kind, both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Библиографические данные. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs. Издание: иллюстрированное.

Betty G. Birney is an Emmy-winning screenwriter who specializes in live-action TV, and animation for children

Betty G. Birney is an Emmy-winning screenwriter who specializes in live-action TV, and animation for children. She lives with her family in Studio City, California. Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G.

by Betty G. Birney & illustrated by Matt Phelan. What follows is a weeklong odyssey where Eben asks people he’s known his whole life if they have anything special lying around. Birney

Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World.

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Betty G Birney, Matt Phelan. Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the.

Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. The reward? An adventure that Eben's been craving -- a trip to Colorado. Even doesn't think he'll have any luck -- he can't think of one single thing that could be considered wondrous in Sassafras -- but he's willing to try. Little does he know that the Wonders he'll discover among his neighbors, friends, relatives, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime...without ever leaving his home.

Beabandis
I have been reading this to my 3rd Grade class and they are staying engaged. It really brings up a lot of discussions about what life was like near a century ago.
Ffleg
This was a wonderful, uplifting story. I read it to my elderly Mom while she was sick in the hospital and she looked so forward to reading each day. It had humor and also, some very touching moments. Mom and I got teary several times. I look forward to reading it to my grandsons as well.
Viashal
We heard about this book from a friend. We were told it was a great read for a child. And the information was true.
Zeli
I read this book with my students every year & every year, the students say it is the best book they have ever read! WE do a lot of projects while reading the story, too. My favorite project is the web chat with the author, Betty Birney. Betty is one of the friendliest & best authors to work with children that I have encountered!
Manarius
I loved the pleasurable, completely undignified way that the story (or rather... stories) play out in "The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs".

When young Eben's father gives him a challenge to find 7 "Wonders" in their dusty little 1923 town of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, Eben isn't so sure that he can really discover that many Wonders. He only has been given 7 days to find these marvels, and he's quite sure that no Great Pyramid of Giza or Hanging Gardens of Babylon will be found in Sassafras Springs. If he successfully completes the challenge, Eben's father has promised him a special trip by train, all the way to Colorado. This would be the biggest thing to ever happen to Eben, a boy who has only been able to dream of traveling. Now his chance has arisen to get out of Missouri, and discover great things... but to do it, he has to explore his own turf further and deeper than he ever knew before.

Many of the tales that Eben comes across include some sort of whimsical imagination in order to listen to the old stories that country folks can tell. Some are a bit too far-fetched, but enjoyable. I had almost convinced myself to give this book 3 stars, but then I remembered the simple ways that the author added in a few words here and there about the Lord, singing in church, etc., and I felt satisfied in giving it a 4 star rating instead.

This is a cute book, and my younger brother absolutely loves it. I think no better words really describe it than the review given on the front cover, which says: "A fun, folksy outing." Truly, that explains "The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs" perfectly.

To leave you now with my favorite quote of the book, coming from the first chapter:

"I'll start tomorrow. I guess Columbus said something like that once, only he said it in Italian."
Gavidor
I found the Booklist review to be very misleading. I bought this book because of the *starred* reviews in both Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews ... and I was not disappointed! In fact, I loved this book and thought it was the most original children's book I've read this year. Publisher's Weekly called it "a tender and captivating gem of a novel," and the Kirkus Review was equally enthusiastic. Personally, I felt awfully good after reading THE SEVEN WONDERS OF SASSAFRAS SPRINGS and look forward to sharing this book with friends of all ages
Moonshaper
"Sometimes extraordinary things begin in ordinary places." This is the lesson that eleven-year-old Eben McAllister is about to learn. Living with his Aunt Pretty and his Pa in the small farming community of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, in 1923, he longs for adventure beyond the hum-drum routine of farming life and spends his free time perusing a book about the Seven Wonders of the World. There certainly isn't anything that interesting around Sassafras Springs. Or is there? Pa challenges Eben to find seven wonders in Sassafras Springs in seven days, and if he does, he will earn a train ticket to visit relatives in Colorado. Eben can hardly believe it, and he excitedly agrees to the deal. Working on the farm doesn't leave much time for searching, but Eben is determined to give the quest his best efforts.

Eben quickly discovers that not everyone takes kindly to his mission, and suddenly seven days seems like a rather short period of time. However, he and his faithful dog Sal travel all over the village inquiring about wonders, sometimes accompanied by Eben's best friend, Jeb. Eben comes to realize that things are not always as they appear, and sometimes the most mundane objects actually have an astonishing story to tell. Along the way, he learns fascinating details about some of Sassafras Springs' residents and the town's past and discovers that maybe his hometown isn't as lackluster as he always thought. As Pa says, it's all a matter of perspective, and Eben's is forever changed by his quest.

Infused with magical realism, Betty G. Birney's "The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs" seamlessly blends a young boy's coming-of-age with the tall tales typical of rural country life in this heartwarming children's novel. Told in the first person from Eben's point of view, the story bears the down-to-earth and often humorous language of a young boy who is growing up and who is eager to discover the world outside of his small birthplace. Delightful sketch illustrations add to the appeal of the narrative, which is divided into a chapter for each wonder and also subdivided into the story behind each wonder. "The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs" is a highly creative story that will enhance the reader's imagination and lead to a greater appreciation of one's roots, no matter where they have been planted. Don't be surprised if your own perspective shifts after reading this charming story!