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Reviewed by Tshombye K. Ware for Readers' Favorite
A charming story of adventure between two children, and an unexpected union is developed. The adventure commences as the children engage in building a boat, with Holly, their dog. The story builds chapter by chapter, adding to the adventure, with a rhyming style woven into the plot. This will appeal to early teen readers as well as others.
The author's style is unique. The word choice used is children friendly in such a way that children of all ages will be able to follow the story with ease. I found myself smiling in delight at the dialogue between Kate and Chris. The author's descriptions were effective enough for the reader to visualize the story. That in itself is what makes a great story. The use of illustrations pulled the reader in deeply, allowing them to not only read but to experience the adventures with the children. If you're looking for a reader friendly story that touches the depths of your soul, this is definitely one of those books.
One of the poems within the story speaks volume, not of the story itself but of life.
"Life is short, but life is sweet;
and even men of brass and fire must die.
The brass must rust, the fire must cool, for time gnaws all things in their turn.
Life is short, but life is sweet:
and joy, and a bounding heart, to earn
a landfall sweet."
The ending is visual and emotionally driven. I suspect young readers will appreciate the style of this story.