Martha Evans, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by Martha Evans)
This book is one I buy whenever I find it used, as I give them away all the time. It is pure Magic. The innocence of this diary along with the heartfelt story of the life of the girl who grew into a woman will touch your life. It has been a book that offers a very strong case for the belief of faery's, sprites, and things of a metaphysical nature. Even for those who do not "believe", you will get such a wonderful view of nature, through the eyes of a child. Get it for the young women in your life, but read it first yourself!
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njcur, August 6, 2008 (view all comments by njcur)
This is a really wonderful diary of a young girl growing up in a logging town in Oregon in the early 1900s. Her views and insights are remarkable. She has a lovely view of nature and the world around her. It has long been a favorite of mine. I'm sure you will love it.
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The nature diaries of Opal Whiteley are amazing for their magical, wide-eyed descriptions of forest and farm life. Raised on a Willamette Valley settlement in the early 20th century, Whiteley claimed to write this diary on scraps of paper at the age of six. Though her claims were disputed both in her lifetime and after, her writing is a unique window into our relationship with the natural world.
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by The Los Angeles Times,
"A double delight: Hoff's understanding biography and the loveliness of the diary itself."
by The Washington Post,
"One of the great forgotten works of 20th-century American literature."
"We can rejoice that [Opals'] enchanting diary has at last been republished."
by Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
"The Singing Creek is truly wonderful — an intriguing reading experience."
by Chicago Tribune,
"A strange, sad tale...has at last been given a happy ending."
Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as "the revelation of the ...life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness—so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart."
But the diary soon fell into disgrace. Condemning it as an adult-written hoax, skeptics stirred a scandal that drove the book into obscurity and shattered the frail spirit of its author.
Discovering the diary by chance, bestselling author Benjamin Hoff set out to solve the longstanding mystery of its origin. His biography of Opal that accompanies the diary provides fascinating proof that the document is indeed authentic—the work of a magically gifted child, America's forgotten interpreter of nature.
Capturing America's heart in 1920, Opal's childhood diary became an immediate bestseller. Innocent and intimate, this haunting diary reveals the life of a kind of feminine Peter Pan in the Oregon wilderness. Rediscovered and proven authentic by the bestselling author of The Tao of Pooh, it is now accompanied by a biography and afterword. Syndicated radio news features.
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