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The Festival Shoes by Tolulope Okudolo
Publisher: Magnifying Children’s Horizons
Published: August 15th, 2017
This is a delightful fairy story with beautiful illustrations, an engaging story and a moral message to share. If children have ‘good’ thoughts, are kind, truthful, loving, happy and helpful, their thought threads go to Weaveton where the fairies weave them into a reward for each individual child. These rewards are then delivered by the pixies and in this story Pixie Drumlo is to make his first ever delivery of a pair of festival shoes to a young girl. The story of Weaveton, what happens there, the challenges Drumlo faces and the results are told in this charming story that will appeal to anyone who enjoys fairy stories. Other fairy worlds are also mentioned and I wonder if there will be more stories based on them in future.
The message that what you think and do can be positively rewarded is clearly portrayed and the moral message reinforced. The need to persevere when the going gets tough and applying what you’ve been taught is also key to this inspirational story. It is a lovely way in which to encourage positive behaviour and attitudes. There are also question suggestions after the story, prompts for adults to use to encourage children to discuss the events, scenarios and message of the story.
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Pixie Drumlo is drafted to help deliver rewards to children on earth—With the Great Festival approaching, Drumlo is entrusted with a most treasured reward. Determined, he sets out on his journey, venturing down to earth through unknown lands. Faced with an unexpected challenge, Drumlo must live up to the faith his teachers showed in him. Can Drumlo overcome this obstacle and complete his quest before the Great Festival begins? Or will he run out of time? The Festival Shoes offers an inside look into an enchanting world where children’s words, thoughts, and actions are transformed into magical threads … where fate fairies weave these threads into special rewards … and where every nature being helps ensure all actions are rewarded.
Find out more at the publishers’website! http://magnifyinghorizons.com/the-festival-shoes/