Sunday, December 15, 2013

Book Review: At the Window by Joseph Forte

At the Window
By Joseph Forte
Publisher: FriesenPress
Published: October 15, 2013
ISBN: 9781460221907

Amazon Synopsis:

At the Window is a quiet, sensitive story that invites readers to consider the undeniable nature of love. Henry and his little sister, Emily, are orphans who live under the care of Ms. Agnes at St. Peter's Orphanage. One wintry night, Henry notices a bright, shining light tear through the sky­-but he is the only one who notices. The following week, he sees the 

light again and Henry now begins to think this is more than a coincidence. The burning light sets a spark inside of Henry's own heart and he begins to search for answers. Patience and an open spirit ultimately lead him to the truth, where the warmth and light fully embraces him.

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My Thoughts:

This was a delightful book to read. It’s the kind of book that you’ll sit down and read together with your child over and over and over again. In the story, Henry, an orphan, sees a shooting star. The next week, he sees another and begins to wonder if it means something.

I’m not exactly sure what it was, but I was drawn into the book from the first page. Maybe it was a combination of all the elements. I really liked the way the book was laid out – I thought the font that was chosen was a nice one for children to read. I liked the use of the bold text on some of the key words. The pictures were simple, but engaging.

I liked how Mr. Forte used a normal event – lyrics from a song in a class – to bring special meaning to Henry.  Henry believes it to mean that there is a special meaning to the shooting star that he has been seeing. Now he can’t wait for the next one.

I did not anticipate the ending of the story. I was both surprised and delighted with it. My children are grown, so I will have to wait to read this book with my grandchildren. Now I can’t wait to have some!

I would recommend this book to anyone with children. I gave this book a rating of 5 stars. I loved it!

Thank you to the author Joseph Forte who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Joseph Forte is a writer and elementary school teacher who believes the power of the written word is priceless.  He was born and raised in Welland, Ontario, Canada and grew up playing competitive hockey. He is an avid fan of Canadian music and enjoys writing articles, poetry, and children's stories. When he sits down with a pen and paper in hand, his sole mission is to create a piece of work, "Where Words Come Alive."

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  1. Thanks for the wonderful review Kathryn! Many thanks and I am glad you enjoyed the book!

  2. You are very welcome Joey! My pleasure.