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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
Lenny and Leila and the Magical Hummingbirds by Ebonie P. Fields is an insightful story of discovery and understanding. Siblings Lenny and Leila are unhappy that their family will soon be moving from Jamaica to the United States. The pair runs away together in search of a place to stay in their beloved country. On their journey, they are met by two magical birds that transport them to different cities and places in the United States. Colorful and detailed illustrations capture the joy and beauty Leila and Lenny experience throughout their travels. Along the way, they see many varied and vibrant places and meet interesting and kind people. Meaningful connections and discoveries are made and Leila and Lenny learn valuable lessons about the importance of family and the wonderful opportunities change can bring.
Lenny and Leila and the Magical Hummingbirds by Ebonie P. Fields is a valuable message about the strength of family bonds as well as the good that can come from being open to new experiences. Often it is easiest to stay with what is comfortable, but through Leila and Lenny’s adventures, young children will see that new experiences can be enjoyable and exciting. Families moving or taking on new ventures will find this captivating story a wonderful resource to help children see changes in a positive light. The heartfelt emphasis on the significance of families creating memories together is uplifting. Young readers will enjoy poring over the lovely illustrations throughout. This engaging story is a highly recommended read.