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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Emory looked forward to every summer holiday because that was the time he went to visit his grandmother, along with his sister Faye. Emory found the beauty of the landscape enchanting and enjoyed playing with the local kids there. The town of Ophir was named after the fabled mine of King Solomon during the Gold Rush. He had seen newspaper clippings in his parents' scrapbook about an Oaf living there. The magical Oaf was both a cause of concern and mystery for the locals and witnesses described him as a bumbling man who was also nimble. Emory always longed to see Oaf and his grandmother encouraged him. He felt it would make his holidays complete. The story unfolds once Emory meets the mysterious and elusive Oaf.
Oaf In Ophir by Daniel G. Linsteadt is a magical, enthralling, and whimsical story that will take young readers into the mysterious realm of Oaf who connects children beautifully with the abundance and wild beauty of nature. The descriptions are captivating and they will keep readers glued to the book till the very end. The author tackles a relevant topic in a very different way, making the story appealing to everyone and also highlighting how everyone shares a symbiotic relationship with nature. The black and white sketches are simple yet they make the book charming and the characters in the story tangible. The author captures the beauty of nature through the town of Ophir; the story is a visual treat and will encourage youngsters to tap into the wondrous power of nature.