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Danloria: The Secret Forest of Germania is a children's nature storybook written by Gloria D. Gonsalves. Stan lived in Germania with his mom and dad. He and his father would go for walks every Saturday in the forest surrounding their house. Stan loved these walks and was disappointed one Saturday when his father was not feeling well and couldn't take him out. As Stan was looking wistfully out of his window, he was noticed by Fern. Fern waved to him, and Stan followed the plant into the woods. Fern asked Stan why he was unhappy, and Stan explained about his father. Fern had a better idea for Stan than sitting at home. He could come to Fern's party in the Secret Forest. Stan would get to meet all Fern's friends, and he could eat blackberries, a favorite treat on his walks with his dad. While he was at the party, Stan met all manner of plants, from the soft and plushy Moss to the sprightly and colorful Mushroom Sisters. It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship for Stan and his new friends in the forest.
Gloria D. Gonsalves' nature storybook for children, Danloria: The Secret Forest of Germania, is a marvelous introduction to botany for children and their parents. Gonsalves discusses the various types of plants and trees that can be found in a forest, as well as the medicinal uses for their leaves, roots, bark and other parts. While I'm relatively familiar with herbal remedies, I was pleased to learn a few things about the humble, if delicious, strawberry that I hadn't known before. Stan's adventures in the Secret Forest are great fun to read about, and the song that teaches him how to avoid itchy plants is priceless. The illustrations that accompany the text are excellent and help with the instructional nature of the story. Danloria: The Secret Forest of Germania is a fabulous way to introduce children to the wonders of the natural world, and it's most highly recommended.