Knoxville, Tennessee

How could I ignore a book with the most random title I have ever seen? 

*The importance of both family and community togetherness oozes off the pages  
*Larry Johnson does a great job capturing the feel of a beautiful country day
*Succinctly captures a few of the advantages of churchgoing without becoming overly religious, thereby avoiding the preclusion of any other faiths

*Freely admits it's a poem that has been converted into a different form, which, to me, is an indicator that there's not much of a plot to speak of -- look, I know there are many types of books out there, but unless the alternative styles are notably memorable, they usually start from behind with me 
*I'm no Walt Whitman, but I find it repetitive to have one page talk about going to bed then followed up by another one that says only "and sleep" 
*People on the buttermilk page are eating ice cream and not drinking anything while people on the ice cream page are not eating ice cream and are drinking what I assume is buttermilk

I've been to Knoxville once (to visit a friend from school in his hometown).  Nice people, super affordable real estate, and Volunteer football will forever be etched in my mind.  In some regards, it's as good a place as any to set a children's story about American family life.  The only problem is this story has nothing to do with the city I spent that weekend in.  Claxton, TN or Walland, TN (or any other rural setting outside the metroplex) would have been more appropriate things to call it.  Trivial, I know, but as a geography guy, this didn't help me get into what we were reading.  Of course, that's not enough of a reason to drop the rating down to the Donate status I feel it deserves.  No, that grade was the result of my overall blase reaction to its poetic style.  Scholastic Incorporated published (and charged $15 for) something that reminded me of any number of homework assignments I heard in my high school English class.  Just like my fellow classmates' works, it may hold special meaning to the author and should be treasured, but doesn't warrant being bound.

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