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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Young Gertie took her gardening work seriously and she was working on a bulb that had arrived mysteriously. Since the bulb hadn't grown in several months, she decided to take it outside and plant it in a tropical state so that it would be happy. The bulb still wouldn't grow but it gave a little glow. Gertie then took it to the desert garden and planted it with the other seeds. The bulb stayed just as it was but glimmered with a faint blue light. An idea struck Gertie when she took it to the zen garden. She decided to explore deeper, braving the heat of volcanoes and new frontiers by going underwater wearing her new scuba gear. After diving, she had gotten a step closer to finding a mystical spot that she thought would be her last try. Let's read the story to find out what happened when the bulb was miraculously set free.
Gertie and the Mystery Bulb by T.M. Banh takes young readers on a whimsical journey along with Gertie and encourages them to face new challenges and learn new things. Shereen Said and T.M. Banh add magic and enchantment to the story with their adorable illustrations and make the magic palpable to youngsters. The colorful pictures, adventure, mystery, and rhyming verses make this an enjoyable book for children. Gertie and the Mystery Bulb is good for parents and tutors to use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions at home and in classrooms to help children enjoy learning new things and facing challenges in a good way.