Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review - IF I WERE KING By Randa Handler

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Page Length: 37

About The Book:
One rainy day in the jungle, unlikely friends—Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Monkey, Elephant and Chameleon—gather to lament how boring their daily activities are.

Zebra’s imagination and fun-loving nature convinces the other animals to escape their mundane lives by pretending they are kings. Playing this game teaches them about their many differences and, more importantly, their own likes and dislikes.
Zebra, upon discovering this information, realizes that it’s okay not to always want to play with other zebras as long as she listens to her inner voice and yields when it warns her of dangers and cautions her to maintain clear boundaries. Immediately she learns that Lion can stop being her friend when he’s angry or hungry.

Along her quest, she learns about everyone’s likes and dislikes including her own and discovers the true meaning of friendship.

Breeze's Review - Between The Pages Guest Reviewer
What an enjoyable story to be able to share with my daughter. First of all I must comment on the creative and colorful illustrations, this is certainly one of the major reasons why my daughter was instantly engaged in the book. I enjoyed that the characters were wild animals from Africa! The story was well written with dialogue that I felt was easy to understand which is so important when focusing on a younger audience. As a parent sharing a story with a younger child you always hope the author is able to keep a story flowing in a way that keeps your child entertained and this story was very successful in accomplishing that.

My favorite part of this book was the lesson that it taught. It was a lesson that both parent and child alike should learn and be reminded of. In the book you learn that just because someone is different it doesn't mean that you cannot be friends with them. Also, the author taught that we do at times have to be careful in choosing our friends. It can be difficult at times to express these lessons to a child but I'm grateful now to have a story I can share with my children that will help them to understand this lesson in a creative and fun way. I give this book Four Stars!


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