Hercules Finds His Courage

Taki & Toula Time Travelers Book 1

Children - Grade K-3rd
33 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2017
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Author Biography

Elena Paige loves creating stories which inspire and transform young readers. She writes from the heart and especially loves weaving magic into many of her books. She never releases a book without running it past her two marketing consultants - her daughter, aged 11 who inspects all books for elements of magic, and her son 13, who insists every story must include humor. Of course, they don't always get their way!

Her favorite children's books include The Hobbit, The Faraway Tree adventures, The Lion the witch and the wardrobe, anything Roald Dahl, and her absolute favorite No Flying in the House. As a child, she thought magic was real and used to try to convince her teddy to come to life. Tired of waiting she now has a Moodle (dog) companion that rarely leaves her side.

Her greatest value in life is CREATIVITY - nurturing it, enhancing it and using it! She loves inspiring children through her school visits to believe in themselves and accept their own way of creating, even if it's outside the box! The most amazing creatives of our time rarely fitted in!

On Sunday mornings you can find her hiding under her doona cover reading, while her children are wondering where their favorite book has disappeared to.

You can find her books at www.ElenaPaige.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Hercules Finds His Courage: Taki & Toula Time Travelers Book 1 by Elena Paige is the story of Taki and Toula who live in Crete, Greece. One day they decide to dress up in their mother’s old clothes. While going through her chest, they find a strange pair of shoes. Their mother tells them that these shoes are called "tsarouhia" and belonged to their grandfather. They both want to try them on and Taki thinks it is fair if they both try on one shoe each. Something unexpected happens when they try on the shoes. They find themselves in a new place and can you guess who they meet there? Hercules the Great, a Greek god who saves them from an angry bull. Hercules tells Taki and Toula that he is not as brave as they think he is and the stories about his bravery are only myths. Will the children be able to help Hercules find his courage? Will they be able to tame the angry bull?

The message conveyed to young readers is excellent and relevant, and encourages children to be brave and have faith in themselves. The illustrations are lively and bright and they give a good pace and movement to the scenes and story. The book is appealing not only for its message, but also the educational content that will tell young readers about the Greek god, Hercules. Stories like this are engaging and entertaining and can be used for bedtime story-telling and read aloud sessions in classrooms. I cannot wait to go with Taki and Toula on their next adventurous trip! What about you, kids?