Parents' Guide to

An Episode of Sparrows

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Lovely, moving literary classic set post-WWII.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

terrific story.

I have read this story more than once and still remember how much I loved it . I am now 74 years old.

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AN EPISODE OF SPARROWS is beautifully moving, rich, and complex, filled with affectionate understanding of human beings in all their astounding variety. Every character, major and minor, is a fully fleshed-out creation. Though there's a deeply melancholy, even tragic, undercurrent, and Godden doesn't flinch from realism, she still manages to pull off an ending that is both absolutely believable and satisfying.

Rumer Godden originally published this as an adult novel. The New York Review of Books put out this reprint in 2007 for the author's centenary. There's nothing terribly inappropriate for children here, but the way it's told, involving insight into adult behavior and intricate shifting of viewpoint and time, may confuse inexperienced readers. Children who have read The Secret Garden probably can manage it.

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