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Reviewed by Mimie Odigwe for Readers' Favorite
Magic on the Mountainside, written by Nancy Godbout Jurka and beautifully illustrated by Michelle Williams, invites young readers on a captivating journey celebrating the timeless beauty and rich history of the Palmer Lake Star. Every Christmas season, the charming town of Palmer Lake eagerly anticipates the lighting of the Palmer Lake Star. However, their excitement turns into disappointment as the star remains unlit. Charlotte and her little brother, Henry, are determined to see the Palmer Star, and enlisting the help of Dizzy, a German Shepherd, they set out to restore the magic of the Palmer Lake Star. This heartwarming tale combines vibrant storytelling with stunning visuals, offering readers of all ages an opportunity to rediscover the wonder and spirit of the Palmer Lake Star.
Michelle Williams’ vivid illustrations seamlessly complement Nancy Godbout Jurka’s simple yet evocative sentences, conjuring up a sense of warmth and vivid imagery in the young reader's mind. Magic on the Mountainside caters to a broad range of children and their adventurous spirit. It skillfully captures the excitement of Christmas, the cozy charm of small towns, and the intriguing history of the Palmer Lake Star, making it an engaging and informative read. Whether you are a child enchanted by holiday magic or an adult nostalgic for the wonder of the season, this book is a delightful journey that reignites the spirit of the Palmer Lake Star and leaves you with a sense of joy and discovery. This heartwarming experience beautifully weaves history, tradition, and the season's magic together, leaving a lasting impression.