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Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite
Bill Calhoun has written a very engaging and beautiful book in Ponderings on Lily Pads: Tales of Belonging. He engages the reader with a older, wiser frog that shares stories with the younger frogs to help them grow into maturity. Sharing stories seems natural for the older frog as he desires to instill a wealth of information into someone who will listen. One time, a frog was afraid of the water and didn't get in to swim. When questioned about it, he said he couldn't swim. The older, wiser frog indicated he was a tree-climbing frog, which gave the frog courage rather than making him feel like he was hopelessly different. While he couldn't do what they were doing, other frogs couldn't do what he was doing. Every frog has their own unique abilities and skills, just like each individual has their own special gifts and abilities.
This book is illustrated by Boon T. Lai who does a wonderful job of portraying what writer Bill Calhoun is saying. This is a fun-filled book that engages young readers to learn from others. It is divided into three sections if the reader would like to have a stopping point, rather than reading through the entire story all at once. This would be a great library and school library addition that readers would certainly enjoy. You can envision a parent snuggling down beside their child to read a bedtime story together, enjoying the moment and instilling truth.