Zilpha Keatley Snyder Alton Raible
- Title: The Velvet Room
- Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder Alton Raible
- ISBN: null
- Page: 199
- Format: Paperback
Robin was always wandering off her mother s words to get away from the confusion she felt inside her It was not until Robin s father found a permanent job at the McCurdy ranch, after three years as a migrant worker, that Robin had a place to wander to As time went by the Velvet Room became and of a haven for her a place to read and dream, a place to bury oRobin was always wandering off her mother s words to get away from the confusion she felt inside her It was not until Robin s father found a permanent job at the McCurdy ranch, after three years as a migrant worker, that Robin had a place to wander to As time went by the Velvet Room became and of a haven for her a place to read and dream, a place to bury one s fears and doubts, a place to count on The Velvet Room, first published in 1965, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and part of Books Arrow Book Club.
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I remember running my hands across a shelf of books in the library, it was away from the area that i normally looked. I wanted to find something different and i had pulled out a bright yellow book, but then beside it was a faded copy of The Velvet Room and i took that instead. I'm glad i did, its a wonderful book. It's the type of book that even if you can't remember it exactly you'll never forget the feeling it gave you. I don't own it but i can go back to that musty magical room anytime i want [...]
It was twenty years ago, that I read the book.And even though I can't remember all the details, this one stuck with me for a long time.I remember that it was my favorite. the cover of the used paperback was old and weathered, but it all the more added to the mysterious allure of the book.Everytime I read it, it almost had a therapeutic effect on me.I probably didn't even understand all the story considering I was eight when I first read it.But that feelingst as if I were also inside that room, d [...]
The Velvet Room is one of my favorite childhood books which I'm glad to say, 40+ years later, is still a favorite. It's maybe a different story when reading it through adult eyes but the basic reasons I loved it at 10 are still there~ a good story about a family going through a rough time, a young girl about the age I was when I first read it who loves books and reading as I did then and now, who is trying to adjust to a new life with her family and the Velvet Room itself~ a turret window that c [...]
Robin and her four siblings and parents are moving on again. With everything they own packed into their car they break down and end up being given some nearby seasonal work and a two room cabin to live in. Life is miserable for Robin and the start reminded me of The Glass Castle. The rest of the story progresses and doesn't lose pace. Although some parts you may predict, the plot takes plenty of twists and turns and has an exciting culmination and a very satisfying conclusion. There are many ele [...]
This was my absolute favorite book when I was a kid. I picked it up at some yard sale and it became a treasured book. Sadly, I've lost it over the years but am going to try to find it again.The characters are fully fleshed and very human. Robin, who lived with pride and shame at the same time because of her family's nomad lifestyle; her father who does his best to support his family and give them what he thinks they need, not what they want; Gwen, a rich girl we expect to be cruel and snobbish, [...]
Its interesting to re-read books when you are an adult that you remember being important when you were young. Difficult to identify exactly WHAT made it so important because, of course, you were young and now you have all this "perspective" on things.I suspect what touched me about this book then - and probably about her others - was the longing for "home", a special, stable and safe place. Its not as if I didn't have a home, but I never had a particular connection to a place. I believed I was P [...]
This is the only book that I have kept with me since I was a kid—it went to college with me, my first apartment, made the trip out west and is still on my shelf as I write this. I read it until it started to fall apart, and I had to repair the binding (with elmer's glue, don't tell Elizabeth). I haven't read it in years, but I like knowing I have the option. It has always been one of my favorites and led me to my favorite (as a child) author, Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
I first read this book in grade 5 for a class project. I remember it being one of the last books left on the shelf to choose from, and it was one of the biggest ones, and it didn't have the most appealing cover, but I figured the description made it seem better than anything else left on the shelf (I was one of the last students to choose a book). This novel ended up being burned into my memory, as one of the best I had read as a child. The story is about a little girl living on a plantation tha [...]
I've been trying to get rid of things lately. While unloading donations to a thrift store I took a glance at a stand of children's books. I immediately spied the distinctive Dell-Yearling frame and the two-tone lettering of a Zilpha Keatley Snyder book, and one I hadn't read.When I lifted it out of its pocket and saw how shabby it was I almost put it down, but when I flipped through the pages with my thumb I saw a name written inside the front cover in clumsy loops of pencil lead.Myles.Now, my n [...]
Very enjoyable Depression era story of a non-Okie family who nevertheless are forced to take to the road and live as migrant workers in their Model T after the father becomes ill and they lose everything. As the book opens, they are settling in a two room shack along the coast of California. Although far from ideal, it offers the opportunity to unpack and maybe even go to school, a prospect which appeals to middle daughter, Robin Williams, the protagonist.Robin is the classic curious child, pron [...]
I purchased this book as part of one of those book clubs at school. Others in the class sneered that it was a 'girl's book' but I didn't care. Once I saw that evocative cover and read the story summar I knew I would love it. And I did.I still have this same paperback edition, I could never part with it. It's very worn, not just from my reading but from the years my schoolteacher sister borrowed it so she could pass it around her students.The story is quite small, girl sneaks off to a secret room [...]
This was one of the favorite books I ever read as a child. I just wanted to see what it was that fascinated me so much about it. And I think I am seeing it. I love the girl in the middle of the family, trying to get through hard circumstances, and she keeps running away to a magical place. I'm only about half way through it so far, but I remember how wonderful it is.Yes, now I'm finished and I loved this book--still. It was amazing how some of the points made by the characters in the book are ju [...]
I really appreciate Snyder's ability to choose just the right words so that it is very easy for me to visualize everything in this book. The two things that most appeal to me in the story are the setting of the old empty mansion and the sympathy with Robin's urge to 'get away' and find places of beauty and peace. The Velvet Room itself is lovely, of course-how I wish I had one like it!. However, I think there could be more of it in the story, showing Robin inside it reading or dreaming. It's cle [...]
Twelve-year-old Robin is always getting in trouble for "wandering off," but can you blame her for trying to escape reality? A few years earlier, Robin's family lost nearly everything thanks to the Depression and, since, have become traveling workers, moving from seasonal job to seasonal job and never establishing the roots Robin so desperately needs. This is why Robin never allowed herself to feel "at home" anywhere. At first the latest stop at Las Palmeras Ranch seems no different, but that soo [...]
I know I read all or part of this book in about middle school, because whole phrases and situations resonated when I re-read it lately. I loved the idea of a secret place, or at least a quiet place no one knew I was in, where I could count on being alone and undisturbed for awhile. There wasn't one in my life at that timed indeed, still isn't. The velvet lined room full of treasures was my idea of heaven in those days.In the re-reading, I didn't remember much of the last third of the book, and I [...]
This is one of those books that I read as a child and held dear in my memories although I was never quite sure why. Last year, the public library had this book on the book sale cart and I snatched it up immediately, loathe to let the book go. It sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read again by someone. Last week, I decided to pick it up. I was afraid the book would be as dear after reading it as an adult, but as you can tell by the 5 stars, that was not the case. This book is as magical to me now [...]
Still, and always, my favorite Zilpha Keatley Snyder book. It's also my favorite Dust Bowl novel, even though Robin is adamant that she and her family members are not Okies. When I first stumbled upon this in my elementary school media center, I couldn't believe my luck in finding a book with an historical setting, a romantic mystery, and a gorgeous, velvet-clad room with a tower and overflowing book shelves. Along with this winning combination of ingredients, ZKS also gives Robin some difficult [...]
Many readers consider this their all-time favorite book as a child. I can understand why. It addresses some important universal issues of childhood, like figuring out the importance of your place in family and community, how to deal with the fear and insecurity of changing situations, and coming to grips with your wants & needs versus the wants & needs of others. These issues are explored in a realistic but very fulfilling way in this wonderful, satisfying story. And what book-lover coul [...]
I probably would have loved this book as a child. Robin's family has hit hard times during the dust bowl. Her father has been ill and lost his job leaving the family to wander around in their Model-T looking for work. Things seem to look up when they find a place picking fruit at the Las Palmeras ranch though the physical labor is hard on their father. The kids find some stability, including school, and friends and Robin find a special secret place she comes to love - the velvet room.
This was a sweet and surprisingly thought-provoking book that I'll have to remember to find for Talia when she's older. There are a lot of ideas to explore - from being a "wanter" even if you don't actually ask for a lot out loud, to learning what is truly important in life, and self-reflection to determine our motives for actions and decisions. Pretty heady stuff for middle-grade fiction, but presented well for young readers. I could see this starting a lot of fascinating conversations.
This little treasure has traveled through 7 moves with me. I will die owning my battered copy. 34 years after I first read it and it still sticks to my ribs. If you don't like it, we simply cannot be friends
I read this book as a youngster and really enjoyed it. A good friend loaned me her copy and I just read it again. I still love it! It's jr. high level reading, but sometimes I like to "go back." What can I say? I love good children's books!
I read this when I was a kid, and was enchanted with the idea of sneaking into a seldom-used portion of someone's house. I should read this again
Nice old fashioned middle grade book - takes place in Central Valley California during the depression. I enjoyed the characters and was happily surprised by some of them.
Where has this book been all my life?
I am completely guessing as to when I first read this book, but I know that sometime as a preteen or young teen I checked out every single Zilpha Keatly Snyder book from our library and read them all, most of them multiple times. I've just now re-read this one for the first time since childhood.Starting this book, I remembered only the feeling of it-- a little old-fashioned, a little mysterious, a little gothic perhaps, and ever so faintly sad. This is a marvelous little novel. Set in 1920's rur [...]
this is a complete departure from my expectations of this author, but it's still intriguing. it's perhaps the first dust bowl book i've read since steinbeck, and it's from the perspective of the oldest daughter who has a tendency of detaching. it was first published in '65, and i think that it shines an interesting light on the growth of the teenager, although at the same time i don't think that was at all intended, yes. i feel like this story has a lot more going on than maybe it can hold, but [...]
This was one of my favorite books when I was young. It's about a girl who finds a secret. It's important that this girl has a secret, b/c she doesn't have much else in the world. Her family is very transient and they don't have many possessions, and none of them individually get much attention. For instance, the youngest family member takes on odd behaviors in order to draw attention to himself, such as laying beneath or atop pieces of furniture all of the time.The main character discovers somet [...]
This is a charming story.I first discovered Zilpha Keatley Snyder way back when I was in third grade and discovered "The Changling," which became one of my all-time favorites stories, one I read again and again and again throughout the years that followed -- but the strange thing is, for some reason, I never read any of her other books. So I finally decided to get some, as Kindle editions are now so readily available, and I dove right in.While it reminded me in many places of another much-loved [...]
I discovered this book at my grandparent's house when I was a kid. They had a basement closet that was full of treasures (airplane models, games, a bookshelf, and sleeping bags), and every time I visited, I would "check out" books from them. I read The Velvet Room a few times this way. I didn't remember the story very well, but knew that I had really liked it. And rereading, I remembered why--the velvet room is Robin's secret, cozy and safe place where she goes to read and think and to escape fr [...]
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