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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Eala: The Mother Swan / La Madre Cisne is a magical bilingual story written by Ayn Cates Sullivan. Each page includes both the English and Spanish text. The folktale begins with Hugo, a young boy, heading down to the river to see if the story his grandmother told him was true. She shared a story about some swans that had the ability to travel between worlds. Eala, the Mother Swan, was the most special of all. As the sun is setting, Hugo sees Eala and asks to go with her. Eala recognizes that Hugo needs this magic to become whole again and she allows him to ride on her back. Hugo has a magical journey and when he returns to the river in the morning he has been healed.
Eala: The Mother Swan / La Madre Cisne is a beautifully lyrical story. Ayn Cates Sullivan has written a magical folktale-like story. Nature is so inspiring and healing and it is easy to imagine at the beginning and end of the day that there is a moment where we can slip into another world. What is so lovely about this book is that Hugo finds a way to heal himself as he journeys with Eala, the Mother Swan. Paige Ozma Ashmore has created some beautiful soft pastel illustrations that enhance the gentleness of the story. Parents and grandparents will enjoy sharing this lovely bedtime tale with their young ones. It will send them off to dream about their own magical night-time adventures.