Title: Doris in Dreamland
Author: Cindy Argiento
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pub. Date: 4/15/07
RATING: 1 *
I received this from Dorrance Publishing for an open and honest review. You can purchase their book from the Dorrance Book Store.
This book I guess is geared for children? If I have kids, I will not let them read this book. The synopsis of the book does not say anything about the book being about sexual abuse. A lot of the sentences are just repeated over and over, for no apparent reason. It also talks about Doris being ashamed of being touched someone she shouldn’t be by someone she thought she should trust. The book does not give kids hope that they can feel better about being sexually abused, and Doris never even tells her parents. That is not what I would want my kids to do. This book makes it seem like it is okay to be ashamed and never tell about sexual abuse. It also makes it seem like it is the child’s fault (that is what Doris thinks). I understand that maybe you would have those feelings at first, but that is not what I would want my child to gather from a book.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. I did not like it at all. I wish the back had mentioned that Doris was sexually abused, and not just said “a dark secret”.