Throwback Thursday

Thursday, August 20, 2009




Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by me! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog!

This week's throwback is:


Mandy by Julie Andrews



From bn.com:
The magic of finding a home Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she "borrows" things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies. Then, one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and no one knows how to find her—except a special friend she didn't know she had.

I was introduced to this book by a friend, Amanda, when I was about 6-years-old. The book is broken up into the four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) which I thought was the coolest thing at the time. I wonder if this has anything to with the desire I always had to work with foster care children. I don't think it was everything but it may have had some impact.

What is your throwback?

15 comments:

Dannie said...

ooh looks good.

Lori said...

What a beautiful picture. I remember when Julie Andrews wrote this. Great pick.
Here is mine:
http://psychoticstate.blogspot.com/2009/08/throwback-thursday.html

passionatebooklover said...

Nice book:)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I guess my "throw-back" book would be "Little Women." In fact, I did a post of an excerpt from my newest book "Web of Tyranny," in which the characters are identifying with Meg and Jo from that book.

http://weboftyranny.blogspot.com

What a beautiful cover this book "Mandy" has!

sumanam said...

Your book looks so wonderful..
Here is mine:
http://sumanam.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/throwback-thursday/

Linda Ellen said...

Great throwback. I know what you mean about thinking how a book is brilliant, or that the author is a genius for their creative imput for a book. I would have reacted the same as a kid, thinking "wow! This is so cool!" I still react like that sometimes. =P I think we're all a kid at heart and we show it on some occasions more than others.

I know it's still Thursday, but I don't really have a book in mind to feature as a throwback, + I already have 2 posts up for today. I'll think of something next week, okay?

I wonder if you'll enjoy Dragon House. I didn't know what to think of it at first, having heard of a similar story in real life and wondering about the politics behind it, but I grew to like the characters. I even got emotional. =(

I guess I'll see what you think of it soon. =) Your review can also be very different from mine. Every reader is different. =)

Pabast said...

I came across the meme at the Novel Challenge blog and I thought I would participate.

You can find my throwback here
http://readingmama.blogspot.com/2009/08/throwback-thursday.html

My daughter read Mandy and she liked it as well

Sarbear said...

Jenny -- award at my blog, bwahahahaha!

Jenny said...

Laurel -- the cover I have isn't the same but they're both really pretty!

Linda Ellen -- I still react like that sometimes too, lol!

Haha, I understand about the posts... I try not to post too many in one day too. =)

That's so interesting that you've been to Vietnam... I could definitely see where the reading of it would be different for you. I plan on reading that one in the next 2 or 3. =)

Cynthia said...

What a cute book!! I've never read it but might look into adding it to my list of books to read for The Middle Grade Book Challenge.

Looking back on some of the books I read when I was young, I am always struck by the resiliency and ingenuity of children - it's really powerful to read, especially as a child because I think it makes kids realize that they are strong and can do what they put their minds to. (Not sure if any of that made sense...lol)

Here's mine: http:cynthiasbookshelf.blogspot.com

Casey Talbot said...

Oh my gosh! I totally read this book when I was 8 years old and it was one of my favorites!! I've been trying to go back and remember all the books I used to love when I was little and this one was always on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn't remember it! Thank you so much for posting this!

I remember I always wanted a little house in the woods just like Mandy's. I pretended I had to sweep out the kitchen and clean up the garden. What a good book! :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

My throwback book would be LIGHTNING by Deen Koontz. I know it seems like a weird one but it was a great time travel book. I think I remember it so well because I was a very young teenager and it was one of the first 'adult' books that my mom gave me to read (it was one of her all time fav's). I loved it and we've been bonding over books ever since!

PS Jenny, Wanted to let you know that Jake, Gregory and I gave you a Zombie Chicken Award. Congrats and here's the link

http://teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com/2009/08/our-choice-for-zombie-chicken-awards.html

April said...

This book is on my TBR. I love Julie Andrews :-)

Jenny said...

Cynthia -- I think it would definitely be a great opportunity for me to re-read this as part of the MG challenge!

And I think what you said about the kids in those books is very true! Definitely a good reason to try and get our kids to read more too.


Casey -- I'm so glad I helped you remember!! I have a couple books that I am trying to remember too but only have vague memories of. In fact, I don't remember how I found this one because I don't think I always remembered it! That's so cute about you pretending to sweep!! =)


Alyssa -- that's so cute about that being your first "adult" book. =) I'm not sure if I remember what mine was! I know there was one I read part of and I would update my mom EVERY SINGLE TIME I finished a chapter, lol! That's great that you guys have been able to bond over books. My parents have always enjoyed reading but haven't really gotten into reading a whole lot until the past couple years, lol!

Jenny said...

Cynthia -- by "our" I meant future kids and/or the current children in our population, LOL!

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