27 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Naturals by Sharon R C Petersen

It’s been a while since I read my 7-year-old a fairy tale story. We read this over the course of ten days, one tale per night. I will admit that when I saw this book, I wasn’t 100% sure if it was possible to pull it off. It seemed like a nice idea, little fairy tales about various weather/elements/etc. But… really.

After the first one, I was hooked! The author has a lovely way of sing-songing the tale along, and I was swept away (with the clouds, no less!) along with the story. My daughter loved the illustrations, which aren’t overly done, but beautiful and fit in well with the stories. I liked that each tale was long enough to hold our attention, but not so long that we felt overburdened with it. I also liked that there was a message that went along with the book (respecting our environment, etc) but it wasn’t so “in your face” that you wanted to chuck the book across the room.

When asked what her favorite part of the book was my daughter quickly replied that it was the hailstorm. I wish I could say I asked her why and she had this fabulous self-aware thing to say about the environment and our lives or something. But no. She told me she liked how it said the stones hit the ducks on the back and that made her giggle. I’m not sure what to make of that since it was one little line, but she did laugh at it. I’m not going to think about it too hard though…

This book is highly recommended for everyone with kids under the age of 10 and those who try to install a love of nature into their children.

You can learn more about the book and author at the website.

Humorourously reflecting compassion, hope and a sense of belonging within our Natural World. Embracing children, parents and grandparents alike; ‘The Naturals’ are made up of ten heart-warming stories, inspiring children to respect, revere and protect our Natural World.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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