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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite
Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation written by Michal Y. Noah, Ph.D. and her daughter Loren Noah, and illustrated by Favreau, is an entertaining picture book in verse about how daily self-affirmations can positively impact your outlook on life. Focusing on the daily appreciation of different elements in his environment, Scamper, the ultra-positive squirrel, interacts with numerous aspects of his surroundings including the sky, both at night and during the day, flowers, trees and leaves, and a range of animals including a bee, a butterfly, a bunny, an ant, a dragonfly, and a ladybug. Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation shows how, by consciously focusing on being happy and content within oneself, one can come to embrace the world and all that it has to offer.
I love the positivity of Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation, and I feel that the words of Michal and Loren Noah are wise and well-grounded in the magical universe within which we live. The joyful content of the writing is expressed with fervor in the full-color, full-page illustrations of Favreau. The enthusiasm with which Scamper greets each day is bound to catch on with both children and adults, this being a picture book that is likely to become a treasured possession of any child. While small is beautiful, large is magnificent and awesome in this spiritually attuned world of wonder. The sincerity of the Noah writing duo's text effectively conveys the multidimensional aspects of life as it should be lived on a daily basis. There’s a lesson in here for us all and told in such a captivating and entrancing way that Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation, which is the seventh book in the series, is bound to wind its way into all our hearts.