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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Alabama Oh: Artist, Dandelion Dreamer, and Independent Girl by Andi Cann, with illustrations by Micaela Stefano, follows the story of a young girl, vivid with life and enchanted by flowers and color, and her struggle in a bland, colorless town. Alabama Oh - her name, Alabama, meaning "plant gatherer" - lives in a neighborhood where a drab taupe reigns supreme. From houses to roads to clothing, everything lacked color. Alabama loved color and flowers in particular, which she sketches and paints within the sanctuary of her treehouse. As she grows and becomes more independent and outspoken, Alabama finds that not everyone appreciates a world of chroma and hues as much as she does.
Alabama Oh by Andi Cann is a fun story in which both little ones and parents alike will find enjoyment. The story settles firmly within the popular children's book theme of individuality, with an emphasis on the arts. The characters are ethnically diverse and the narrative and writing will make for easy reading with the young reader. Where Alabama Oh really excels is in its fantastic illustrations, which are exceptional, with Alabama in particular being beautifully represented. In a book that extols the importance of art, color, and individuality, it makes sense that the artwork featured within its own pages is unique, vibrant, and engaging. I'd recommend Alabama Oh to parents and teachers interested in a book where the titular character has real spunk, shining through in a bleak town devoid of color.