Almost Forever Rapt readers don t need to know anything about Vietnam to understand love loss fear and waiting A tour de force KIRKUS REVIEWS starred review When the six year old narrator of this lyric novel watc

  • Title: Almost Forever
  • Author: Maria Testa
  • ISBN: 9780763633660
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rapt readers don t need to know anything about Vietnam to understand love, loss, fear, and waiting A tour de force KIRKUS REVIEWS starred review When the six year old narrator of this lyric novel watches her father march off to serve a year in the U.S Army Medical Corps, a year seems like a very long time A year is a long time when you re waiting for letters, wait Rapt readers don t need to know anything about Vietnam to understand love, loss, fear, and waiting A tour de force KIRKUS REVIEWS starred review When the six year old narrator of this lyric novel watches her father march off to serve a year in the U.S Army Medical Corps, a year seems like a very long time A year is a long time when you re waiting for letters, waiting for word A year is almost forever when you re wondering d forgetting Maria Testa has written a taut and tender American ballad of one family s experience in the year 1968 an ultimately heartening novel that has much to say to a new generation of readers.

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    1. There are literally hundreds of war books told through the voice of the soldier. Almost Forever, however, speaks through the unique (to me at least) voice of the soldier's child.The innocent, six-year-old narrator watches as her father, a doctor, goes off to fight in Vietnam. Far from the horrors her father is undoubtedly witnessing, his young daughter is dealing with the impact the war has had on her and her family back home: moving house, letters from her father, seeing her mother cry, and, wo [...]

    2. A touching story of a young girl's experience when her father is sent to Vietnam during the war. Told in verse, the girl experiences a year of loss, life, good times, worries, guilt and sadness as she and her mother & brother wait for her father's absence to come to an end. A young story but told with heart.

    3. If all of the pointless line breaks were taken out, this would make a great short story. I expected to hate it but I almost cried.

    4. Almost Forever is a story told by a young girl, whose father is called to war as a doctor. She tells about what it is like for her, her little brother, and mother while he is away. She describes how she begins to forget her father's voice and wonders if he knows what they are doing in that exact moment. When her father finally comes home, her dad says that he has been gone for forever, and then she replies, almost forever. Almost Forever takes place in the time of the Vietnam war. I really enjoy [...]

    5. Almost Forever is a historical fiction book for young readers about a father going off to war in Vietnam and how his family, particularly his daughter, deal with and feel about the situation.“I never cared muchabout the mailbefore,never cared muchabout the envelopes and packagesthat were never meantfor me.But Daddy wrote to usevery dayfrom Vietnamand that changedeverything.”The story is told from the point of view of a six-year-old girl whose name we never even learn. Since the story has suc [...]

    6. Almost Forever is a story told by a young girl, whose father is called to war as a doctor. She tells about what it is like for her, her little brother, and mother while he is away. She describes how she begins to forget her father's voice and wonders if he knows what they are doing in that exact moment. When her father finally comes home, her dad says that he has been gone for forever, and then she replies, almost forever. I really enjoyed this book because it gives an insight as to what it was [...]

    7. Almost there starts out at there house when there dad gets a letter that says you will go to vietnam to serve for a ear as our dactor. there family moves to vally veiw a place that is a four family house. They moved there cause the goverment pays the rent cause there fauther is in Vietnam. When he leaves they act the same at school but at home after the eat supper they always watched the news. they get a letter everday or 3or4 every 3 days. the two kids are sad when they here people are missing [...]

    8. In 1967 a young girl and her family are decorating the Christmas tree when a Special Delivery envelope arrives for her father. The only word seen was18Vietnam 19. He left in February, saying doctors don 19t get killed. The little girl worries about things 26 like forgetting the sound of her daddy 19s voice 26 like feeling guilty for enjoying the next Christmas without him there 26. and then her father goes missing 26.This is about love, loss, fear, waiting all from the perspective of a soldier's [...]

    9. Genre: poetry, fictionIssues: separation from father, war, reunionThe six-year-old narrator watches as her father must go away to war for a year and her mother faithfully writes him letters every day. His year's absence may seem like almost forever, but things are just the same when he returns to his loving and beloved family.Sweet story, sweet voice, and sweet poetry. A surprising amount of character development was possible in the short, pithy poem. Who knew a less-than-80 page book could evok [...]

    10. This story was set as a pome format. It was basically about a mother who's husband is in the army. They have two childrens one is a girl, and the other is a boy. i find the girl the main character because she's the one who write journals, and letters to her father. I find this book sad because she is living with out her dad, and basically misses him. She doesn't know much about him because he bardly goes home, and asks her mother to tell her about her dad. She remembers short storys about times [...]

    11. This book is a really quick read. It talks about a familys who's father is off to war and how it effects them. It's really sweet and has a lot of themes such as family, love, war. I could somehow relate because since the father is away my father is away most of the time as well so I could see where all the charaters were coming from. I would reccomend this book to anybody because it's really easy to read and it's in a poem form.

    12. This book was different than any other book i have read. The whole story of their father leaving to fight in Vietnam is written as a poem. It shows each day the boy and his family go on without their father and mainly shows important events that occur throughout this time period. It is a very interesting and unique story especially because of the way it is written in a different way than many other stories.

    13. This book was about a dad that had to go to Vietnam to be a doctor. He was going to be gone for a year. The mom was so sad and they always wrote to each other and then one day they did not get a note from there dad. They were so nerves and thought he was dead. Then a couple months after the last note they got a letter in the mail. Will there dad be coming home or not.

    14. A very quick read - 70 pages of poems that tell the tale of a young girl whose father, a doctor, is called to serve a year in Vietnam. The little girl's confusion, anguish, sadness, guilt at having fun and enjoying life when her father is away at war, terror when her father's daily letters inexplicably stop coming and, finally, joy at her father's homecoming, come through perfectly.

    15. This is a story that really reveals the emotional challenges of being a child with a father away at war. There is so much innocence - it is a reminder that the concerns of children are very different from adults - they don't necessarily understand war. They feel lost and confused - with a fading image of their loved ones gone to war.

    16. No wasted words here; the poems can pack an emotional intensity in just a few simply worded lines. A weeper keeper. *SPOILERS* Narrative poetry tells the story of a little girl whose doctor father receives orders to serve in Vietnam for a year. As the year passes the family copes with his absence, receive daily letters, learn that he's missing in action and are finally reunited at book's end.

    17. A short, free verse novel, told from the perspective of a a very young American girl as she witnesses her physician father leave for the Vietnam War. I liked it, but I just wasn't feeling the potential emotional impact.

    18. This one captured my heart. Written in prose , it is a real view of the life of a Military child who's father is MIA in Vietnam. The story pulls you in, but does not say everything. Loved it. This one can be read in one short sitting, but the message is profound.

    19. How long is a year? It is almost forever according the young girl whose emotional journey is presented in a series of poems that detail the year her family endures apart from her father who is fighting in Vietnam. Could translate really easily to modern times and the Iraq/Afghanistan War.

    20. I really liked this book becauseI think some people could really relate to the story about the girl who's missed her dad when he was gone in the army.The poems are arranged to where you can understand the story perfectly. I would recommend this book to everyone.

    21. mariellathis book is about a girl that her father went to vietnam to a war. His father got lost in a forest because he was left out of the group. Then after one year his father went as a surprise in christmas eve.

    22. It's simple and sometimes that is nice ! Has a really strong message and I enjoyed it !! Little slim on pages but maybe that is the point

    23. I think that this book is a very sad story a a girl missing her father. I just can't wait for him to come home, if he comes home.

    24. Same author as the last- as a side glance at the Vietnam war from the world of a 6 year old it is a very straightforward book. But, as always with poetry, there is more beneath the obvious

    25. I love how it was shown in a child's point of view. And how it is in a past war, and not a president war. I also love how it ends.

    26. A simple - but not simplistic - poetic novel about a girl whose father has been deployed to Vietnam and the year of adjustment her father endures.

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