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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Lil’ Scrappy-n-Rail: Who Am I? by Robert E.O. Crewe is a heartwarming and engaging tale for young children, full of positive messages about self-esteem and positive identity. Scrappy and Rail are best-friend squirrels who do everything together - until one fateful day when Scrappy falls from a tree, suffers a nasty bump on the head, and suddenly forgets who he is. As Scrappy looks at other animals, including birds, monkeys, and a giraffe, he wonders why each of them looks different than he does and why they can do things he cannot do. Rail, ever the trusting friend, reminds Scrappy that he was never intended to do these things. Along the way, Scrappy reacquaints himself with his rightful identity and learns that being a squirrel is an excellent thing to be.
Lil’ Scrappy-n-Rail: Who Am I? by Robert E.O. Crewe also has “bonus features” which are both useful and exciting for young readers: there is a glossary at the end of the book to define words that young children may not have encountered before. In addition, a special section of activities such as coloring, fill-in-the-blank, and word association exercises give this charming children’s book a most welcome educational value. All in all, it would be hard to imagine a better conceived and designed storybook for the very young. The interactive aspect is tremendously appealing for adults and children alike, and would serve well as a starter for meaningful conversation and quality time. Lil’ Scrappy-n-Rail: Who Am I? is a beguiling fable of self-acceptance and positive self image, sure to become a favorite for story time and perfect for sharing with small children over and over again.