When I was a child it seems all I did was read (and really this has not changed). I made many trips to the local library and bookstores, and when the book fair rolled into town I was sure to walk away with an armful of books and a lighter purse. While all of these books helped to inform my character, sense of humor, and appreciation for the absurd, some of their stories were fleeting for me. Of course, there were probably just as many that I remember with fondness, and a few more that I reread every year. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is one such book.
If you haven’t read it yet, I assure you it’s a must read. The book follows Salamanca Tree Hiddle during a road trip with her kind and ornery grandparents. While on the road, Sal shares her story of moving to a new town, meeting new (and often strange) neighbors and friends, the hurt and confusion she tries to hide after her mom goes away, and the mystery and adventure we can all find in the ordinariness of the every day. While Sal is telling her story, we see that things are not always what they seem, and that we could all benefit from taking a little time to walk two moons in another’s moccasins.
This book and Sal have stayed with me ever since I first read it in the fifth grade almost twenty years ago. The author, Sharon Creech, is a masterful story- teller who in this book has crafted a tale of humor, forgiveness, and the importance of patience for others, ourselves, and for the twist and turns we take on the road of life.
Creech has a new book that was just released last month. The Great Unexpected promises to be as poignant and funny for a new generation as Walk Two Moons was for me. I can’t wait to read it! And when I do, you can be sure to look for my review here. In the meantime, let us know what book was special for you growing up.