Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Happy Heart - 5th in the Rachel Yoder - Always Trouble Somewhere series
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Release Date: December 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth Christian Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
Year/Setting: Present Day/Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Overall Rating: 5.0
Wanda's Website: www.wandabrunstetter.com and www.rachelyoderbooks.com
Rachel Yoder is back in the book that I think is the best so far! Rachel is back and has a major case of grumpiness. The eleven-year-old doesnít find spring to be so fun this year. While everyone is having fun while playing ball and chasing butterflies; Rachel is having trouble seeing the beauty around her. In fact, sheís having trouble seeing a lot of things. She tries to hide her sight problems from her parents, but a little white lie gets out of hand quickly and ends up giving her extra chores and a pair of glasses that she didnít want in the first place.
Will Rachel ever learn to be happy in her present circumstance? Can she learn that glasses donít change the person you are?
I thought this book was the best at dealing with a real life issue to many kids (and even adults). I know that getting glasses was a rough adjustment for me as an adult. The way Rachel handles it in the book is very true to the feelings we all have when our personal situation changes. I thought Rachel worked through her glasses problem the same way most of us go through the same thing. It was so easy to relate to Rachel and fell her pain as she struggled with this change in her life.
By far, this is my favorite Rachel Yoder book so far. Perfect for everyone because even if you donít need glasses yourself, it gives you insight into what your friends are going through as they get their glasses. The story teaches without preaching and also deals a little bit with teasing. A great addition to bookshelves everywhere.
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