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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Nellie The Narwhal is an entertaining and educational book that children and parents will want to read. Authors Sarah Cullen and Carmen Ellis have written a wonderful rhyming story filled with adventure—underwater. Nellie the narwhal wants to make friends with several animals, but she’s too small or doesn’t have enough arms or she doesn’t have a shell to play hide and seek. Nellie is bored and wants to find someone to play with. I highly recommend this story as it introduces a variety of underwater animals.
Children may be able to relate to this story of trying to find a good, true friend. The very subtle social aspects of finding a friend and the courage to ask them to play will also be helpful in developing bright children with empathy. But, Nellie doesn’t quit; she thinks of ways that she can play with the other creatures, even if they have different features.
Such adorable characters will attract attention and draw children into Nellie the narwhal's story. The illustrations fill the page with color and help immerse the reader in this wonderful underwater adventure. Authors Sarah Cullen and Carmen Ellis have created a wonderful, feel-good story with a happy ending. Nellie has a problem, but she finds solutions so she can play with others even though they’re different. Teachers will love how this underwater adventure will encourage reading and introduce children to the many animals that live deep in the ocean. I think every home, school, and public library should have this book on the shelf to help make reading fun and to enable children to go on an underwater adventure without leaving home.