I posted my first amazon review on June 7, 2000. At that time, my son was a newborn, and my daughter was learning to read at the age of 4. The review was of Frog and Toad are Friends and it says:
"Because I am dedicated to reading aloud to my kids, I tend to review a book based upon whether or not it makes a good read-aloud book. All of the Frog and Toad books, and especially this one, are simply terrific for reading aloud.
My (four-year-old) daughter and I both love this book. The stories are funny and become funnier with each re-reading. For example, in the final story, Frog writes Toad a letter because Toad never receives mail and becomes sad every day at mailtime.
Frog proceeds to give his letter to a snail for delivery. Frog cannot stand the suspense of waiting for the snail to deliver the letter, so he tells Toad about the letter and relates the contents. Together, they happily wait for the letter to arrive, which takes four days. Every time we read this story, my daughter laughs because Frog gave his letter to a snail, when everyone knows that snails are the slowest creatures alive.
The Frog and Toad books represent a perfect bridge from picture books to books where the words provide the story and the illustrations are infrequent and/or merely supplemental. The stories in these books are carried forward by the words, but the illustrations on each page would keep even the most dedicated picture-liking child happy.
If you're looking for a book to read aloud to your four to five year old, give Frog and Toad a try. You won't be sorry."
This June 7 will be the 14th anniversary of my decision to post an amazon review. There were a lot of years, the early ones, where I didn't post many, if any, reviews. 2001 and 2002 were barren years, 2003 got 3 reviews, 2004 none again.
It was 2012 when I really started reviewing in earnest. I've probably posted 50 of my total of 92 reviews since January 1, 2012. I don't cross post every review on amazon, but I have reviewed on amazon pretty consistently since that point.
Taking down my amazon reviews is hard for me to do. But, at this point, I just can't do it anymore.