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Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).  

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I received a copy of this book from author and Fledgling Press in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is an inspirational book, created by a mother for her son, who has to fight his internal dragons every day. It’s hard to read this book without tears falling, the struggle is hard, for such a small child, but as often happens, Leo is stronger than anyone believed he would be.

This story has relevance for children facing illness, but will also appeal to children as a storybook, with a powerful message about the support of others, but ultimately, the will to win is internal and within the individual.

The illustrations are colourful and reflect the text well. Despite, the poignancy, the book’s ethos is positive and uplifting, and speaks of a child’s courage to overcome illness, with their own positive outlook and the support of family.

There are some ways to reinforce the sensory aspect of the book at the end of the story. which make the story interactive and interesting.

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Children’s Fiction: Hortense and the Shadow – Natalia and Lauren O’Hara – 4* Review

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Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad–even angry–that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most.

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My Thoughts…

A beautifully illustrated picture storybook about a young girl who dislikes her shadow and what happens when it runs away from her.
The setting for this story is a fairytale, and there are dark elements, but good triumphs and Hortense learns valuable lessons of self-discovery, A good story for the age group.
I received a copy of this story from Penguin Random House UK Children’s Puffin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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4* Review Emily Rose’s Day at the Farm Simone Da Costa

Emily-Rose's Day at The FarmEmily Roses Day at the Farm is a fun children’s book with bright pictures. Reading this book will help young children learn about respecting animals.

Emily thinks Grammie is being selfish not letting her feed the animals. When Grammie allows Emily to feed the animals by herself she learns about valuing the experience of older members of the family. The story describes animal behaviour and how much work is involved with looking after rambunctious farm creatures.

 A word search and match game is provided at the end of the book which reinforce the book’s message.

 I would have enjoyed reading this book to my children when they were young.

I received an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. As a reviewer it is easier to review if the illustrations are part of the arc.

Emily-Rose’s Day at The Farm by Simone DaCosta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Emily-Rose's Day at The Farm

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