Curiosity With a Capital S

Children - Preteen
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/19/2011
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Author Biography

Tonya Trimble was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma—although as a child during World War II she lived for a few years on a small South Carolina island. After high school graduation, she became a Benedictine sister for 18 years.

She earned a master’s degree in elementary education and became certified as a reading specialist. Her 45-year career in education included positions as a reading and math consultant, teacher trainer, workshop presenter, school principal and classroom teacher.

At 76 years old, Tonya is still teaching children. Only this time it’s through her first book, Curiosity with a Capital S (Aug. 1, 2011, Tell Me Press), illustrated by the artist responsible for the famous Magic School Bus images, Ted Enik.

Tonya currently lives in Virginia.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

"Curiosity with a Capital S" by Tonya Trimble is written with the 8-12 year olds in mind, but I feel even adults would enjoy this book. It’s the story of Tracy Newton who in the process of moving from her home to a condo finds her old journal up in the attic. As she reflects she travels back to the years of 1942-43 to a time when her family moved from Oklahoma to South Carolina during WWII. Tracy idolized her brother Stan and he was forever getting them into some kind of adventure. Sometimes they were good and other times, well let’s say, they could have been quite disastrous. But eventually Stan grows up, his curiosity is curbed and he finds what his goal in life is. Now that leaves just Tracy at home. Could it be Curiosity with a Capital T?

I enjoyed reading this short story. As we reflect on the book and some of the happenings we have to bear in mind that it was written through the perspective of a ten year old. We see where Stan gets into all kinds of trouble, being expelled from school on the first day, taking the boat out without permission, and shooting his bow and arrow in places he shouldn’t, but then we also see rewards his father gives to him. Now today we would not reward our child if they did something bad, and we see where Stan did get punished and grounded. I think as I read, the author was not reflecting so much on the punishments but on the happenings and it does make it seem like he was rewarded for things he should not have been. I think all children will enjoy this book and as a parent you have a lesson there in the book to teach your children, a lesson on obeying and rules that need to be followed.