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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Zoya has to reach home before it is dark. She waves goodbye to her teacher and friends and takes a dusty and long path. She is in a good mood and skips and sings as she travels along. Zoya helps her mom to gather wood and heat up the dinner. Zoya picks up some coral tree seeds because she thinks they are lucky and can be strung into beads. Meiying packs her things in a red suitcase. Her family is leaving for a new place. Meiying is excited and nervous about the new place as she unpacks. She feels lost without her friends. The following day when Zoya goes to the market, she sees a family; a mom, a dad, a girl and the girl looks sad. The girl in the market, Meiying, is sad thinking of her home and friends and Zoya can see that she needs a friend. Will Zoya and Meiying become friends?
The Lucky Beads: One Kindness at a Time Series: Book 2 by Rachael Thomas is a beautiful story of friendship and I like the way the author brings in two situations, those of Zoya and Meiying, and blends them into one with ease and without sounding forced. The illustrations are colorful and vibrant and they breathe life into the characters and the scenes. The characters of Zoya and Meiying have been portrayed well and they are charming, real, and tangible to young readers. It is a beautiful story for read aloud sessions in classrooms. There will be many children in the class who are in Mieying's shoes and many in Zoya's shoes and the friendship between the two girls from two different countries will be relatable to them. It is a nice and simple story that can be used for bedtime storytelling and can be purchased to give as Christmas gifts to children.