Top positive review
Stories for feelings for children
7 September 2017
This very nice set of stories for young readers is mainly words with small illustrations for each tale. I particularly enjoyed the pictures for the cover and last story, about a girl whose treasured beaded box breaks. The other illustrations are mainly clip-art with artists credited. If the book could be improved I would suggest a better quality artwork, but then of course it might cost more.
Each story takes a look at an issue or feeling that might give a child cause to struggle, like self-doubt, loneliness, taking on too much or loss. Because of this, I found it unusual that the first story is told by a tree. Perhaps this helps a child to focus on the situation rather than the character, as they might do in other tales. Wisdom is often supplied by a owl, which adults may know to represent Minerva, the Greek goddess of wisdom, who kept an owl. I appreciate little touches like this which start a child into storytelling conventions, and the emphasis on nature.
Overall the theme is cheerful, and children will learn from the examples. Indeed many adults will take to heart some of the simple messages too!
I availed of a free download day. This is an unbiased review.