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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Animal Land: An Allegorical Fable by Leland James is the story of all the animals who live peacefully, but the peace is threatened when crocodile like creatures attack along with other strange creatures. The citizens of Animal Land think that if they stay out of it, then they will be left alone. Different areas are defeated around them, but the mayor makes an agreement with the invaders that if they stay out of their way, they won't be attacked. Other animals disagree and it soon becomes clear that they have no intention of leaving their land alone. So begins a long war that lasts for six years. Each side fights long and hard in order to be the victor.
Even after their long battle is over the animals are divided into two camps. Those that live in denial and quickly forget about the war, naively believing that it will never happen again and the other side who relish the peace but always keep a watchful eye out in case it should happen again.
Leland James offers an interesting tale with Animal Land: An Allegorical Fable. In order to maintain peace you have to be prepared to go to war and fight for what is yours. A sad fact of life. Illustrator Anne Zimanski brings the story to life with her pictures and the book is easy to read and follow. I feel this will do well and it is suitable for most ages. There is a strong message here.