|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Page Count: 240
Nonfiction Genre: Humor, Self-Help, Philosophical, Essays
Dates Read: October 11, 2015
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some
and draw and paint and sing and dance and play
and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic,
hold hands, and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup:
The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody
really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even
the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die.
So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books
and the first word you learned - the biggest
word of all - LOOK
Robert Fulghum takes you through 25 personal essays that revolve around the topics of love, life, death, loss, wisdom, acceptance, and various other topics.
I really loved the idea of this book a lot more than I actually enjoyed it. I felt like he was actually writing this book for kindergartners. Maybe I am not his target audience, but I just felt like this did not reveal some profound secret that everyone has been missing out on except for him. I wasn't exactly looking for that, but it's the impression I got from reading his synopsis. His writing style is very simplistic and juvenile, as though he is talking down to his readers.
This book can be summed up by just stating: Be a good human. If all we really needed to know we learned in Kindergarten than I have some college degrees I want a refund on. Nice try, Mr. Fulghum, but I'm not buying it (though unfortunately I did buy this book).
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 7
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 2
Characters - N/A
Enjoyability - 2
Insightfulness - 1
Ease of Reading - 5
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 1 out of 5 stars