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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
It's Destiny and Faith's ninth birthday. The girls are twins and they are so excited about all of their gifts. The last one is a letter from two aunts who live in the country. This gift is an invitation to stay with them in the country for a few days. The girls think the invitation is a disappointing gift, but they are happy that they can bring a friend. They decide on Dustin, their neighbour. Communication with Dustin is always through signing, because Dustin is deaf. When they arrive at the aunts' country home, they meet other children, including a girl who is blind.
Destiny and Faith learn many things at their aunts' home. They help with the animals and they make new friends, discover new treasures, like the pretty butterfly. They also learn to just enjoy life for what it is and to accept their elderly aunts, one of whom claims to suffer from Sometimers (sometimes she remembers and sometimes she forgets). For two girls who looked down their noses at an invitation to stay in the country, the twins return home with a new perspective on many things and they can't wait to return again to visit their aunts.
Everything in life is a lesson. Teddy O'Malley has written a charming story about learning in Destiny And Faith Get Stuck In The Country. Destiny and Faith already know and accept people with different challenges, as in their deaf friend, Dustin, but they are about to learn that life in the country can also be rewarding, and older people, as in the two elderly aunts, can be just as lovable and fun to be around as young people. The children learn another important lesson; that the true gift of helping, sharing and giving is a much more rewarding gift than those wrapped up in fancy paper. Excellent story with lovely illustrations.