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Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow

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Book by Kaye Umansky

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Splendid Book Much in the Character of Charles Dickens 16 octobre 2012
Par Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon by Kaye Umansky is a wonderful
book which sets forth the early life and times of Solly who
is a foundling in search of his true identity, inheritance
and real parents.

Umansky's setting is a wretched old tumbledown cottage atop of a
moor just outside a village named Boring. The cottage is the home
of a young boy named Solomon Snow. Each day he works tediously
for Ma and Pa Scubbins's washing business.

His adoptive father Arnold is seen nightly smoking a strong cigar
and batting the pipe ashes into the homey fireplace. The Scubbinses
are simple people who don't use cutlery. Each day, Solly passes
the school yard where Mrs. Starch rings the morning bell.

Umansky tells how every evening, Solly would consume a bowl
of messy soup. The preparation is vegetable based. It sticks
to the teeth and has a taste akin to boiled stinging nettles.
Solly wishes only for a simple spoon to eat food. He is
unpleasantly surprised to learn that he's a foundling
child. He was abandoned a decade ago on the Scubbinses'
doorstep in a laundry basket with a silver spoon protruding
from his mouth.

Umansky's book shifts back and forth from Solly's difficult
life to the lives of Lord Charles and Lady Elvira who may
very well be Solly's parents. The rich couple bemoan the
disappearance of their son on a daily basis.

When Solly was first discovered, the only things that were
on him were a silk-like cloth and a silver spoon. Solly uses
the cloth as a napkin now. Months earlier, his newly found
father Arnold pawned the spoon to buy Solomon shoes. The spoon
is the only way Solomon can find out the identity of his real

Despite the fact that the utensil was long ago pawned by
Pa, Solly sets out in all haste to find his spoon,
his parents from birth, and an inheritance that is his for
the asking. Joining him on this Quixotic quest, are a pair
of unusual companions including a tall bossy writer named
Prudence Pridy and the insufferable blue - eyed Infant Prodigy
(Pwodigy). She is like a circus performer with a strong grip
and some well - rehearsed routines. Prodigy also has a
gap - toothed smile and a sexy manner of batting her eyelashes
to command attention.

The story is very similar to Oliver Twist. Solly's experience
parallels that of Oliver. Oliver suffers innumerable
humiliations after he dares to request for more food. The
chance to find a new life arises when Oliver escapes
somehow to London. There, he befriends a gang of young
thieves led by the despicable Fagin.

Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon by Kaye Umansky is
an engaging book which can be read in a few short
sessions. The author teaches us very important lessons
about how the poor struggle just to stay alive in a world
with limited resources and pockets of extreme poverty.

Article first published as [...]Book Review: Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon by Kaye Umansky</a> on Blogcritics
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A truly 'tew-ific' tale! 22 juillet 2007
Par CookieBooky - Publié sur
Format: Relié
At the school book fair, CookieBooky kid tried to steer me away from this strange little unassuming book with the alliterative title. And CookieBooky kid is often right when it comes to picking out which books I'd like. But something kept drawing me back to Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon. Luckily, I didn't let her change my mind. I really enjoyed this book.

Solomon Snow has just learned that he was left on the washer woman's doorstep in a basket when he was just a baby. The only things that were with him was a little cloth blanket and silver spoon. He uses the cloth as a napkin now but several months ago his father pawned the spoon to buy Solomon a pair of boots.

Turns out that the boots were too small and the spoon is the only way Solomon can find out who his real parents are. So starts out his adventure. Along the way, he makes friends of Prudence (she is the author of this adventure in more ways than one), Rosabella the 'Pwodigy' (who has trouble with her 'R's' but not much else) and Freddy (who's just happy to be there). In their Dickensian world, the four friends face the many dangers of being a child alone in a mean, cold town. But the snow is the worst of their problems, they'll have to deal with the child farmer, the orphanage matron and a mean old chimney sweep before they're done.

The tale is told in a wonderful way. At first, I was worried that the story might be a little heavy on the 'clever'. But luckily, the author used the clever naming tool only sparingly (and it added to the story rather than detracting from it). In addition, Kaye Umansky has painted the dreary picture she set out to create. I enjoyed the smatterings of humor as well. Best of all, the characters are all lovable in their own way - even Prudence. And the plot has its twists and turns with an ending that I (happily) did not expect.

A wonderful read.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read! 30 novembre 2006
Par LVM - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Solomon Snow is a poor peasant boy that lives with his Ma and Pa in the village of Boring. He works with his parents in their laundry business and has nothing to his name. He befriends another outcast child from the village, a girl named Prudence, who takes him on an adventure he will never forget. Together Prudence and Solly discover that his past and true identity is connected to a silver spoon he had as a baby. They decide to journey to Town and uncover all the secrets in Solly's life. On their way they meet an unforgettable cast of characters.

In this well written book Umansky strives to model Dickens' style of writing. She inserts humor as often as possible, which gives this dark and frustrating tale a good balance that keeps the reader interested. The story is clearly character driven. Without each distinct character it would fall apart. Each character from the lonely and worrisome Solly, to the boisterous chimney sweep Freddy, brings a different feeling and tone to the tale. The character's actions and words make this book easy and enjoyable to read and move plot along. The reader is bound to connect to one of the many characters present; therefore, when the story is over the reader is left wanting more.

This book is a fun read and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for good story about a journey, and self discovery. I can't wait for the sequel to find out how Solly and all his friends will deal with the secrets that were revealed!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Search for the Silver Spoon 21 mai 2006
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Poor Solomon Snow works as a laundry boy, delivering people's clothes. But when he hears about the silver spoon leading to his identity, he sets on to Town. Along the way, meeting normally very rude and unwelcome people. A girl with an abnormaly large nose, a girl who cares for nothing but sweets, and a dirty boy.

This is a wonderful book, an easy read, and always entertaining. You always feel for the poor Solomon Snow, always wanting to see what will happen to the poor children. You'll really enjoy this read, and i hope you'll give it a try.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved It 5 mars 2007
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Personally, I thought it was a fabulous book. Solomon Snow is a woeful being with a sad existance. When he meets the stubborn Prudence Pridy, and discovers that he is a foundling, Solly sets off to find his long lost silver spoon. Solly encounters several situations that he would never dream of, prior to meeting Prudence. I think that thoug it is somewhat predictable, it was satisfying, and I can't wait for the sequel.
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