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Book Review: ‘Too Early for Flowers: The Story of a Polio Mother’ by Kurt Sipolski

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This is a memoir like no other that I have read in the recent past. It is inspiring,  sad, and breathtaking in places. It kept me glued to the story as I turned the pages.

Iris is the heroin in this book. It is through her that her son and family learn the importance of perseverance, hope, and trying to be your best, regardless of what falls your way. I learned so much about polio and how it plagued people in the early part of the 1900s. We take all of our medical advancements for granted, and we need to really thank our medical practitioners for coming up with cures for these devastating diseases.

This is a story about a boy who contracted polio and who had a mother, Iris, who would not consider him any different than anyone else. She never considered him disabled and never considered him to be less of a person. What a GREAT message for us all! As a matter of fact Iris had so much admiration for her sons. She was so proud of them and she always showed them this truth. She even learned some things from them. Now, what parent would admit to learning something from their children?

Kurt is a great dramatic writer. He has written a memoir that cannot be put down. It is a book that you will want to read over and over again because of its inspiring message and the perseverance and love that all the family members show to each other. What a wonderful gift to honor your mother! Thank you, Kurt, for such a wonderful memoir!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read memoirs. This is a memoir like no other. I also recommend this book for history lovers and for people who would like to know what the world was like in the early 1900s.

Irene S. Roth

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  • kurtsip

    Thank you so much, Irene. It was not until I became an adult was I to realize what an awful burden these untrained young mothers bore. A million polio kids would look up to their mothers for advice and consuling and all the women could do was speak from their hearts. And it worked.