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09/04/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: Tales of the Sisters Kane"

Tales of the Sisters Kane
By Christy Kane
Published by Baby Tattoo Books
ISBN-10: 0-9778949-4-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-9778949-4-9

Review by Kris

Lily loves her motherís sewing machine. Polly travels the world on roller skates. Callalilly wants to be a world famous pianistÖ right now. Hyacinth, Azaeleah, and Violah are triplets with a little sister Wisteria. These are the sisters Kane. They are daughters to artist and photographer, Christy Kane.

Pictures of handmade dolls in Victorian dress and surrounded by antique furniture tell us the stories of these characters. Each of the stories are presented in either poem or prose. Lilyís tale is a poem illustrating to us how she learned to listen to her mother when she says to stay away from her sewing machine. Pollyís story is in prose form and lets us in on her adventure on her roller skates that she received for her birthday. Callalillyís poem teaches us a lesson in patience. The longest tale is about the triplets and their little sister Wisteria, who winds up missing.

Tales of the Sisters Kane is a cool, yet somewhat creepy read. I found myself chuckling at some of the situations, gasping at others, or learning valuable lessons. I canít decide if it is a book aimed at kids that adults could enjoy, or if it is a book aimed at adults that teach kids good lessons. Either way, itís pretty groovy even though it is quite dark. The dolls have a very interesting look to them and have quite the adventures. Not only is the content in the book really quite wild, but the presentation is pretty sweet. Itís a fairly small, yet hardbound book with a matte finish. It also has a cool pattern printed on it.

In the authorís notes at the end, Christy Kane says that there are more sisters Kane she would like to introduce to her readers. So there might be a second volume. I can tell you right now that I would definitely check out a second volume. Will we ever find out what happened to Wisteria?

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