Hi folks, I’m back again with some more thoughts on The Little Giant of Aberdeen County that Toni from A Circle of Books and I are are chatting about this week. Wow, this book doesn’t disappoint. It is truly one of those novels that is hard to put down. You just have this urge to get right back to it when you do. Do you feel the same Toni?
Truly has certainly found a place in my heart. I think it would be impossible not to love her yet there seems to be a lot of folks in Aberdeen County who manage it. Her new teacher, Miss Sparrow, for one. On Truly’s first day of school this woman pulls her and her sister aside and tells Truly she needs to see the doctor because there must be something wrong with her-a girl just can’t be normal looking like she does. The woman is awful.
There is still Mrs. Pickerton who amazes me with her meaness. When the girl’s father passes she is more than happy to take Serena Jane but tells Truly that there is no room for someone the likes of her at their house. Even better, this is the Reverend’s wife. Truly ends up on the farm with the Dyersons and I don’t think that’s such a bad idea after all.
What really grips my heart the most is how Truly feels about herself. She describes herself as ‘goggle-eyed, pucker-lipped, chin upon chin upon chin’; so unlike her extraordinarily beautiful sister Serena Jane. Yet Truly seems comfortable in her own skin. Most times she feels Serena Jane will break she is so perfect. I think Truly from a child is a strong girl, maybe because she’s never had any other choice.
I’m excited to move on in the novel which is what I will do as soon as I send this post. I’m at the point now where Truly is being forced to go back to school by the evil Miss Sparrow and even her sister is ignoring her. How must a child feel that her sister was taken in by a good family and given everything she wants and she is left to a poor one? And why are people so mean? It surprises me that Truly is not angry and yet she doesn’t seem to be, at least not yet.