Review – Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half

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Hi there! Just dropping in briefly for a final review before I take a month-long blogging break in December to gather my wits and some such. Thanks to Book Publicity Services for the book!

For length purposes, I’m going to call the book Chickadees, hope that’s ok with you all. Anyway, Chickadees is the story of a small brown monkey, a gray cat, and a pelican, all of whom wonder if there is more to the world than eating bananas, drinking milk, and flying in formation, respectively. So with encouragement from family and friends, they each save enough money to travel to Chickadee Island, a small island somewhere off the coast of Honolulu. They want to explore, learn new languages, make new friends, and see how Chickadee Island is different from their own cultures. They all meet up on the island and become fast friends, going on adventures, playing in the ocean, riding wild mustangs, and finally meeting the elusive chickadees that sing in the pussy willow trees.

For starters, the book itself is pretty gorgeous. In hardcover, the book is sturdy and the colors are bright. I love the artwork and the size of the book. The story is a bit long, especially for parents of children who want the same story read to them time and time again. But the story sounded like a homespun story to a degree, which I loved.

I also really loved that the monkey, cat, and pelican were encouraged to travel, learn, and be independent by their parents and friends. That’s something that we don’t see a lot in this age of helicopter parenting. It was refreshing to see the monkey’s parents telling him to earn enough money to travel, then letting him choose his own destination and travel alone.

The book focuses on a lot of these values. For instance, exploration is encouraged throughout the book, as well as a curiosity for learning. The values of friendship were also touched on quite a lot, but never in an obvious “this is the moral of the story” way. Instead, the creatures learn each of these things subtly throughout their journeys and come away the better for it.

Overall, while I think the book is a bit long, the story itself takes precedence and does deliver what is promised on the cover – “a children’s book of adventure.” I think kids and parents alike will enjoy the story.

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