A star was shining in the early evening light. In an attempt to distract Nelson further I asked, "Micheal, look at that star. What do you think that one is?" Micheal peered at it, "Kind of bright; otherwise I would say it's Venus. "I stared at it a little longer, then murmured, "not a satellite then, or a moon, but Venus?"
A star was shining in the early evening light. In an attempt to distract Nelson further I asked, "Michael, look at that star. What do you think that one is?" Michael peered at it, "Kind of bright; otherwise I would say it's Venus." I stared at it a little longer, then murmured, "Not a satellite then, or a moon, but Venus?" Nelson piped up, "Mama Zanda, moons don't go to Venus." He was all seriousness; a three-year-old's logic is a wondrous thing. Michael buzzed his fingers over Nelson's hair, "That's right, sport, moons don't go to Venus." After Michael took Nelson to bed, I remained in the room pondering Nelson's words. The phrase was so unusual, yet thought-provoking. Moons don't go to Venus - it came off the tongue like a prophecy. It sounded so profound, yet was in reality a simple statement uttered by a child not quite four. I could easily picture myself back in my university days with friends taking such a statement and spending hours unravelling its "hidden meanings". But really, all Nelson said was a basic truth. Moons don't travel around space. Maybe that is motherhood, a seemingly profound state of being that is, in its own way, simple. A mother is a mom, not a philosophy test. Perhaps I'm making this harder than it needs to be. Then again, maybe not.
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Reviewed by Judi from New York on 03 January 2007
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I throughly enjoyed this book. It is very interesting and well written. Even though the topic is serious the author's prose made me laugh out loud at times! This book is poignant and touches you and makes you think and feel. A must read!!! I highly recommend this book.
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Reviewed by TinyTotsMom from United States Of America on 10 March 2010
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If you are looking for the type of story that will pull you into the pages and then find yourself finish the book in one or two sittings than this if for you. A story about the struggles of balancing one's compassion, responisbility and ambition. If you've ever had a friend or loved one that you considered family even though there was no blood that binds than you must read this book. It is also a must read for any person who loves South Africa or has a desire to live/ visit there someday. While the novel's focus is on the character development throughout the story, her incredible voice in the story makes the reader feel as if they are transported there. I rarely re-read books but I've read this one 3 times already and plan to pick it up again soon. Many of the other reviewers have focused on the aspect of motherhood in this novel but it is so much more. It is a story about dealing with the unexpected. Naomi, the lead character finds herself moving to South Africa and unexpectedly pregnant. She forges a friendship with a housekeeper Elizabeth who has a young son Nelson. To me that friendship is the star of this book and is truly heartwarming.
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Reviewed by Danz from Michigan, USA on 02 January 2007
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I don't have a lot of time to read with 3 preschoolers running around, but I do still love to read, and ever since I heard about this book I could not wait to get my hands on it. It was well worth the wait, and definitely a must-read for every pregnant mother-to-be. Definitely heart-wrenching and heartwarming, often at the same time.
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