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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Seacity was an average-sized pond in an average-sized grove. A scroll that said something bad was going to happen made Babak the frog wonder if Seacity was in danger. The Seacitians were a deeply religious society so Babak went and broke the news to the king. The scroll was interpreted by a Seer, who said they had to journey upward and find out what they needed to know from an old woman. It meant they had to leave the pond and go onto dry land. The Seacitians couldn't believe what the king was saying. They were a very sheltered community and they could never imagine leaving their pond. Two turtles, Princess Dolores and Lady Lenore, Dr. Goldberg, a goldfish, and Babak, the frog, decided to go and found themselves experiencing the adventure of a lifetime. Would they be able to save Seacity from the danger it was facing?
Seacity Rising: A Tale of Unwatery Adventures by Elika Ansari is an educational adventure story that conveys a lot of good messages to young readers. It tackles the topics of environmental issues, climate change, teamwork, problem-solving, and bullying in an entertaining way. The author has knitted in the concepts seamlessly and will draw readers into the story. The variety of adventures makes them realize how climate change is going to affect the ecosystem of every living creature. The illustrations make the book appealing and will enable youngsters to get to know the animals and their habitats better.
The topic is relevant and that makes it a good story for parents and tutors to read out to children or use for storytelling sessions to make them aware of the concerns arising from climatic changes. The narration is vivid and descriptive, making the characters and the scenes palpable. The story is heartwarming and well-executed and will make youngsters ponder on how they should treat Planet Earth.