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Author: Magnifying Children’s Horizons
Illustrator: Eric Scott Fisher
Publisher: Magnifying Children’s Horizons
Size: 96 pages
Release Date: December 1st, 2015
This is a delightful captivating children’s book with beautiful illustrations and an inspirational story aimed at middle grade readers.
There are two nature giants in Vomper Creek – Boma and his father. Boma has been learning how giants like him and his dad work with other creatures to help protect and promote nature in all its forms. When his dad announces that he needs to sleep for a hundred years, leaving Boma in charge, Boma initially panics, unsure he is capable of the task, worried he’ll forget something important which may lead to a catastrophe. After seeing an artist painting a picture of the wonderful landscape, Boma decides to create his own artwork – a sculpture of his father’s face carved on a mountain side. Seeing his father’s face help to reassure Boma and enables him to successfully complete his new tasks.
The story is moving and inspirational. It demonstrates that if you believe you can, you have a good chance of succeeding, especially if you’ve listened to the advice of older, wiser folk. It also shows that our elders have wisdom that is worthwhile listening to and learning from. It engenders the need to love nature in all its forms and also has some specific questions for the parents of young readers to consider using to stimulate discussions and reflections of the story, including some higher order questioning to promote analytical thinking. There is also a glossary giving details of some of the creatures mentions the story, explaining their nature, role, home and habits in an easy to understand manner. There are also additional activities relating to the story including observational and art ones.
A lovely story that is delightful to read and superbly illustrated, this is a story I have no hesitation in recommending for middle grade readers – well worth checking out by parents and teachers of this age group.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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