Morning Song: A Child's Story for Adults (Paperback) Review

Morning Song: A Child's Story for AdultsTimothy Victor Richardson knows how to enter the mind of a child and not only understand just how intricately straight forward is their thinking, but also how influenced the child's communication to other children and especially to adults is by the need for acceptance and avoidance of conflict.In MORNING SONG Richardson very adroitly relates the ramblings and reviewing of a summer camp's many experiences to his father as they drive along the highway home. The actions of a child coming to grips with situations preparing him for adult roles and the excitement and thrill of experiencing new adventures in that special space or world of other children segregated from parents - a campsite of a children-only world - are related in a voice so perfectly inhabited by the young lad of this story.

Though the fresh adventures as related by the boy are interesting and full of fear and warm humor and signs of growing up, the beauty of this book is the near perfect use of the child's voice.Richardson has listened well to countless kids and picked up all the idiosyncrasies of expressions and bad grammar and rapid-fire drama that make hearing a child's version of ANYTHING a fascinating experience. Reading this charming story is not only entertaining but also mesmerizing, so like a child's mind and speech it is.And the warm wisdom beneath the words is absolutely charming!Grady Harp, October 09

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Do you remember your first experience with camp? You're away from your family and, quite suddenly, very intimately involved with strangers; sleeping, eating, cleaning, engaging in sports and other activities, competing with the noise and motion of a cabin filled with kids and counselors who do things you could never have previously imagined. "Morning Song" by Timothy Victor Richardson explores the funny and frightening initiation rites of childhood through the eyes of a six year old boy sent to camp for the first time.Told entirely by a first person narrator exclaiming how he came to, but didn't know how he was knocked out, the explanation follows an elliptical, highly energized version of events he has both witnessed and participated in. Funny and cruel, engrossing and poignant, subjects covered range across a vast field. "We're all the same oldness" insists the narrator. Still there is a pecking order and one boy, David Folder, continually annoys both counselors and other boys.

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