This recent article, in which a six-year-old looked at classic novels’ cover art to guess at their plots, inspired me to do the same. So yesterday I plunked Little Miss R down with an ARC of Season for Surrender and asked her what she thought the story was about.
Little Miss R: (turns book over) There are some berries on the back of this book. They’re not for eating.
TR: Very true. When you look at the picture on the front of this book, what do you think it’s about?
LMR: (studies cover thoughtfully for 30 seconds) It’s about a girl who opens a box.
TR: What’s in the box?
LMR: Some chocolates!
TR: (approving noise) And why is she dressed like that?
LMR: She is going to a ball. She will dance.
So–not bad guesses, actually. There aren’t any chocolates (too early in time) or any balls (the story’s set in the country) in Season for Surrender. But there *are* some berries that aren’t for eating. And the heroine of the story? She certainly gets a few surprises.
Thanks for your help, LMR!