Episode # 116 ~ "I'm A Girl, I'm Smart, and..."

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A review on this book posted on the Amazon.com website by Breeni Books "www.breenibooks.com" ~

"The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything)" is a book in journal form, narrated from the perspective of a ten-year-old girl. The girl writes in her diary about crushes, bullies, parents, puberty and other issues of concern to a child. As she channels both the innocence and wisdom of youth, younger readers will find a voice to relate to and older readers will enjoy a renewed sense of wonder at the world. There is a little bit of 'the girl' in all of us.

Entries are dated and highlighted with whimsical doodles, as an actual journal would be. The content spans the time period of two years with sporadic entries, beginning with the author pronouncing 'I am in love' proudly at the beginning of the school year and ending with the anxiety of moving and expecting the arrival of a new sibling. Much of the focus is on a boy in class named Paul, who has become the object of the author's affections. She is also perpetually frustrated with the silly things grownups do, like worrying about things that aren't important and treating each other with disrespect.

Though writing in the simplistic and straightforward thoughts of childhood, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein provides an outlet for nostalgia and a reminder of life's brevity. If we see the world through the eyes of a child, much truth can be revealed that is commonly lost with the responsibility of adulthood. Read 'The Truth' and take a moment to reflect on the trials and blessings of existence."

In April of 2008 while Lynn Thompson was broadcasting "Living on Purpose" live from the Amanatee Studios in Sarasota Florida (RadioEarNetwork.com), Barbara was her guest by phone for the second time. Between those guest appearances, Lynn was a guest on Barbara's show which is broadcast on www.internetvoicesradio.com, earlier this spring.

Barbara's website: www.enchantedself.com

She would love more reviews of her book on the amazon site! Thanks for listening, and reading.

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