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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite
I cannot say enough good things about this book! Lolli and the Thank You Tree features a group of three stories for children that will grab the young reader from the first page with a fun, authentic narrator. From there, the reader is swept away into an imaginative world with thank you trees, colored balls, travels inside of bubbles, Buddha plants, magic dust, and Mysterious Munchies. Lolli is a positive narrator, and one that should inspire children through her colorful adventures. At the heart of the book is a lesson on meditation for children, all of them guided through these imaginative worlds. The book is quite unique, with an emphasis on wishes, choices, and keeping away negativity and focusing on all the good in life. This is an interactive book that parents should read to their children.
The illustrations in Lolli and the Thank You Tree were fun and appropriate while not overpowering the story. With a focus on imagination, the illustrations were just right — not too much was taken away from the child’s own thought process. In addition, the book entices children to think on their own and answer questions. Heaven and angels are portrayed in a positive, non-threatening way, making the child reader feel safe through these meditative journeys. Themes of love, kindness, happiness, and positivity are explored, all with a gentle, identifiable narrator that author Elena Paige constructs with authenticity and ease. I highly recommend this book to parents who want to explore the world of meditation and imagination with their children. It should bring plenty of smiles!