Words in books.
September 4, 2014 9:54 AM Subscribe
I want to give a great kid a couple of books. Not sure what to write in them.
posted by phunniemee to Grab Bag (11 answers total)
I have a friend, we'll call her Rose, who is about to turn 11. Rose was the first Girl Scout to join my troop, back when I had precisely one girl in my troop and no idea what I was doing. She has since aged out of my troop but she's pretty special to me and only lives a block over so I see her a bunch.
I'm taking her out to lunch this weekend, super casual just at a little cafe a few blocks from where we live. I got copies of two books I really loved when I was about her age, The Westing Game and A Wrinkle in Time. They both have pretty solid solved-all-the-problems girl protagonists so I think they're both probably appropriate here. (The kid is 11, I have no expectation that she's going to like these books or even read them, so please don't get hung up on that.) I've read The Westing Game within the last 5 years but it's been a very, very long time since A Wrinkle in Time and also I am bad at sentimentality and need help. I got a lot of book gifts from teachers and such as a kid, and it always made me feel really special when they took the time to write special notes just for me in them. I'd like to give Rose that special thing, too.
Can you please help me craft like a one or two sentence thing to put in the front of each book? I can figure out the specific-to-Rose tailoring, I am just brainfarted here even trying to start.
Things about the Westing Game that I remember:
solving puzzles, being determined...I don't know, mostly this book is just a lot of fun
Things about A Wrinkle in Time that I remember:
looking for the good even when things are bleak, not always following the status quo, sci fi for kids
Some background: Rose lost her dad pretty tragically two years ago and her mom had her when she was quite young (which is very much normal in the neighborhood) and has now gone back to school full time. Her mom is very overprotective of her. Rose herself is very sweet, kind of shy but still gets kid-silly when she thinks no one's watching, and is more of an artistic observer type than a dive right in type. She's told me that she likes reading but only has "baby books" at home. I get the sense that she's going through some pretty typical tween girl self esteem/confidence stuff right now. I'd like to kind of be a non-parental adult person to Rose (which her mom is totally on board with) and so have reached out to do some one-on-one things.