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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Cecile and The Treasures of Belamor by Marilyn F. Churchill offers children a delightful fairy tale. I was quickly reminded of the fairy tales I grew up with, tales of dragons that breathed fire, knights in their shining armor, unicorns with horns that sparkled, and fairies that flittered through the air. In Churchill's latest tome children will meet a dragon named Melchor.
Belamor Castle was experiencing earthquakes. The cost to repair the castle was quickly draining the treasury. A King has offered his support if the Princess will marry him when she becomes sixteen. Princess Cecile finds a trap door leading to the caves under Belamor Castle. Melchor the dragon is waking up after sleeping for five hundred years. Cecile and her friends must decide whether to put the dragon back to sleep or grant him freedom.
I love this series! Churchill set the bar high with her first book, Cecile and The Spider Queen. With her latest book, Cecile and The Treasures of Belamor, she not only met the mark, but surpassed it. The illustrations are superb and add much to the text. There are lessons to be learned from this book: 1) draw on your own strength and do not always depend on someone else to solve your problems; 2) place the well being of others first. This book was written for nine- to twelve-year-olds; however, I enjoyed it very much. I would consider this book a low reading level/high interest. It could be used with the Reading Coach System to promote reading and increase reading levels. I look forward to Churchill's next book.