Book by Whiteley, Opal Stanley, Hoff, Benjamin...
|Title||:||The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Rediscovered Diary of Opal Whiteley|
|Publisher||:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt September 1, 1986|
|Number of Pages||:||367 pages|
|File Size||:||675 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Rediscovered Diary of Opal Whiteley Reviews
It was an honor to read this book. I'm indebted to Benjamin Hoff for writing a biography and afterward worthy of her, and for presenting the book to us as he does. I cried multiple times, overwhelmed by this little girl who sees and hears everything with so much love and purity. Her type of person is one who should have been protected. It is appalling that she ended up in a mental hospital. This world is such a harsh place, like the line from the song Vincent by Don MacLean, "the world was never meant for one as beautiful as you." Ironically though, it was, we all were. She was so tuned in to the natural world that her family had no patience with her, they did not understand or appreciate her. She was the recipient of numerous spankings and switchings, yet she had no resentment, no retaliatory reactions. She loved all things so much. As Benjamin Hoff said, no one questions that Mozart was a child prodigy, why could she not have been one as well? I think John Muir, St Francis, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, Helen Keller such people as they, -- the poets artists and musicians and naturalists would have loved her. I wish Mark Twain could have met her. She was a treasure. I plan to give this book as a gift many times.
I want to say thank you to Benjamin Hoff for your tenacity in seeing that Opal got the validation she needed for being a clever writer at the age of 6. This book furthermore demonstrates the mistreatment, and misunderstanding of those who are deemed different. Opal had psychosis, and she was shunned. Truthfully, she had more to teach us than the beauty of nature, or the love of writing. If she had not always been shoved away, perhaps she could have taught us all how to hear the music in the bell flowers.
Absolutely fascinating book. One of the keepers I will have on my bookshelf forever. Her life is just as fascinating as her diary! The author has gone to tremendous effort in researching this amazing girl and woman. The only point I tend to disagree with is his conclusion that her angel parents were all in her mind and did not exist. After doing further research into the matter, I find that there is much to suggest that this little girl was in fact, actually adopted after all!
Opal Whiteley is dear to my heart. This book is pure magic, and the addition of Benjamin Hoff makes it that much better. I finished this book in tears. It is truly a tragedy that Opal's life became what it was, and all we can do now is cherish the legacy she left. I believe in her, she is my hero.
This child prodigy was later snubbed and discarded as a fraud by people who could not believe a child had written such a wonderful book (think Mozart). The Foreword and Afterword by Benjamin Hoff will break your heart,
A remarkable book by a very unusual author. You've never read anything like this.
I love Opal and this is one of the best reads ever. I like to gift this book to people with young girls I think its a wonderful escape.
The title sounds wonderful and drew me in. However, I enjoyed the introduction by Hoff much more than the actual diary. The girl's story is very interesting. But the child's diary, in her "special language," is extremely difficult to read, and I couldn't even get through it all. It is interesting, though, how some of the most insightful people are actually insane.