What a wonderful way to start the day. Many thanks to Sharon for this amazing review 🙂
I absolutely loved this book. Jim Bates brilliantly used the first thirty-one elements of the periodic table, writing a story for each element. As in his previous book, “Resilience”, Jim often reflects on coming-of-age stories, usually set in a small town. He has the remarkable ability to take the reader into the mind of a young boy, bringing back that innocence and sheer energy that kids have as they explore the world around them. Some of the stories have sad circumstances, but the author weaves some goodness into every character, and more likely than not, you can count on the story having a happy ending. Reading this book, I reflect on my own childhood and the sweetness of a summer’s day, a parade in a small town in the autumn, fireworks and fireflies…all the “elements” that make up our culture and history. Particular favorites of mine were “Calcium”: a young boy accompanies his grandfather on his milk delivery route and learns far more than he bargained for. “Cobalt”: The pandemic opens up new experiences with a young father and his child as they experience precious time together. Boron: the bittersweet experience a young man has in his final encounter with his father on the 4th of July. So many of these wonderful stories, seen through the eyes of a child growing up, touches the soul with its honesty, freshness, and above all, hope. This book is a must-have!