Friday, November 13, 2015

When Mockingbirds Sing

What happens when a child's imaginary friend is much more than a simple imaginary friend? That's exactly what the book When Mockingbirds Sing by Bill Coffey is all about. I received a copy of the book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for a review.

The Story

Leah is a child who has had difficulty making friends. She stutters and she has a little difficulty fitting in. Her parents decide to throw her a birthday party so she can make new friends in the new town they moved to. And since she likes to paint, her parents bought her an easel for her birthday. Little did they know how that easel would change their lives. She paints a picture that is inspired by her imaginary friend, The Rainbow Man.
But while everyone is excited about the first picture The Rainbow Man inspires, the pictures he inspires her to paint in the future are not as happy. And the people in the town turn on her. In fact they tell her parents to make her stop painting. What the people don't understand is just how important the messages in the paintings are, and who The Rainbow Man really is.

What I Liked

I really enjoyed this book. This book was all about how we often miss out on important messages in life because we simply don't believe what we see. Or the messenger may not be who we think it should be. Leah is a child, but she has a powerful message to share. I also like that the book shows how difficult it can be for someone when they have something important to say. I liked that Leah sticks by her beliefs even though she is just a child. I like that the book points out that often the people we think will be most supportive of what we have to say aren't.

What I Didn't Like

It was part of the story, but I felt so bad for little Leah. She had so many challenges to face it was almost too much for a little girl to face all alone. And throughout the book she did have to face those challenges alone. I know that her facing the challenges alone is a central part of the story. I still felt for her. She just couldn't catch a break.

Who Should Read This Book?

While the central character in the book is a child, this isn't a children's book. This book is perfect for  someone who is looking for a book that is exploring what faith is all about. It would be a great book for a discussion group. This book is for people who enjoy books with a little religion thrown in. But at the same time they aren't preachy. It is a good book, and it will make you think about a few things.


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