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fiction told by real people.
Albrecht, Tucson, AZ
and Life on Bluff Point books would be excellent to read aloud to children. Mary
Ellen Lee brings Danny to life in her series. I felt like I was experiencing his
childhood through her books.
Flossie Stryker, Bath, NY
and Life on Bluff Point series of historical novels are excellent books for young
readers. They show how different life was 100 years ago. Kids had chores to do
to help their families, not to just earn an allowance. They teach history and
that there are ways to deal with problems other than force.
Joy, Rochester, NY
Danny and Life on Bluff Point series (3 to date) is a great way for children to
learn about country life during the 1890s, specifically in the Finger Lakes Region
of New York State. The author portrays the enjoyment of nature; the relationships
within families; valuable lessons learned through tasks at home; involvement in
school and community and how people coped with hard times. Studying the past helps
all of us understand ourselves and our heritage. Children need to be aware of
the past as well as the present as they prepare for the future. As Danny tells
his story, the reader will enjoy his adventures right along with him! Happy reading!”
Reynolds, Senior Library Clerk, Walworth, NY
Ellen Lee paints a colorful and realistic portrait of life in the 1890s. Through
Danny young readers will learn important lessons in courage, peaceful dialogue,
problem solving, and generosity. Readers will find themselves in a time where
even without modern conveniences, the work of maintaining a home and family goes
on. Life is difficult and family is all-important. As Danny grows and gains self
confidence, so will the readers of his story.
Rosa Thompson, Rochester, NY
Lee’s Danny books, based on her grandfather’s journals, are incorporated
frequently into the educational programs of the museum. School children love to
hear the Danny stories as they view museum artifacts that relate to Danny’s
adventures. Ms. Lee writes very well, weaving historical fact into exciting exploits
that entice the youth of today.
Idelle Dillon, Executive Director, Oliver
House Museum, Penn Yan, NY
Lee’s stories of Danny have captured the life of a young boy growing up
during the late 1800's in Upstate New York. These are delightful stories that
can be read aloud by Teachers, Parents and Grandparents and can be used to introduce
children to family history. Each book is filled with adventure, humor and the
everyday life of the 1890s.
Judith Wilbert, Teacher and Museum Educator, Dundee, NY
I read Danny
and Life on Bluff Point and enjoyed it immensely. I had the author's aunt for
my teacher one year. In the story, Mr. Lee drove his children in a bob-sled to
Penn Yan so that they could do Christmas shopping. I boarded in Penn Yan while
I went to high school. I was home one weekend and we had a heavy snow storm. Only
a big team and bob-sled could go through the big drifts. So my father hitched
up the team and we started at dawn. I arrived at school on time.
Doris Reid, Florida
for coming to our book club. It was very interesting to learn about life in the
1890s. I had fun. I already read the third book and really liked it. I can't wait
for the fourth.
Lucas Sullivan, Pittsford, NY
for coming and telling us about the way you write a book and your family's history.
I really enjoyed your visit. I also can't wait for your next book to come out.
What I like most about your visit was when you showed us all those photos of your
family and also photos of where they lived. Keep on writing.
Annie Sheinhardt, Rochester, NY