In the Great Green Room by Amy Gary

Growing up, my parents read Goodnight Moon to me.  And then when my brother was born, I read it to him.  So that book, as well as so many of Margaret Wise Brown’s books, were so important to me and definitely kickstarted my love of reading from a young age.  When I learned that there was a new biography of her, I got incredibly excited.  I needed to read that immediately!

I greatly enjoyed reading this book.  Margaret’s life was fascinating and I loved getting to know her and those around her.  I didn’t realize how much of a trailblazer she was in children’s literature.  Before reading the book, I knew that she was important and had written an insane number of books, but I didn’t know that she was at the forefront of writing children’s books as we know them today.  Also, in these dark political times, it was refreshing to hear about all of the people in Margaret’s life who were working to educate women and find places for women in the greater society.

Many times, I would run over to my roommates and read passages out loud just because I had to share what I was learning.  Amy Gary really seemed to know her subject and wrote about her in such a way that made me feel like I was there with her, experiencing things as Margaret experienced them.

4-stars

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