Sunday, May 08, 2011

Book Review: Tales From a Free-Range Childhood

Donald Davis.

Merely mentioning the name brings smiles to people's faces and images into people's hearts. That is, if they've been lucky enough to hear Donald tell one of his stories. (

If you don't recognize the name, you should. Donald Davis is the author of recently released, Tales from a Free-Range Childhood. (Available from Blair Publishing

Davis grew up in a different age when children were allowed to run more freely and fill their days in ways no one could schedule (or possibly imagine). Two hundred and thirty pages of unique reminiscences of growing up in a different era comprise this unpresumptuous little paper back. You may be tempted to declare you're not interested, but that would be a mistake.

Davis is a gifted writer and storyteller to be sure, but this is more than a simple biography. Davis at once entertains and enlightens. Whether you're reading about broken bones or old cars or old babysitters, Davis is weaving a spell that must be experienced to be believed. With perfect timing and delightful imagery he invites you into his world. Yet, while sharing tales uniquely his own he opens up a place of unique memory within your own heart. You'll be reading his stories, but you'll be remembering long forgotten moments from your own life.

This is the kind of book you'll read again and again as you share it with family and friends. That's when the magic happens. No matter who you share this book with you're sure to get lots of great memories and moments shared in return. Conversations will open up and for a moment you may just think you're back on grandma's front porch, just shooting the breeze with loved ones.

So what are you waiting for? Curl up with a good book!
Tales from a Free-Range Childhood by Donald Davis.


  1. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

  2. I love Donald Davis! His stories have a tendency of living friend and I still make references to a story we heard him tell at Timp Fest 2 years ago! And we still laugh just as hard. :) Dear Mom, you should let me borrow your book since I'm a poor graduate student. :D