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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Simon the Self-Control Seal: Demby's Playful Parables by Kyri Demby is a cute little storybook for children. Simon the Seal is always making the right choices and doing the right things. He has a little trick which is a short song that helps him to maintain his self control and outstanding behavior. Simon is a popular student and whenever everyone calls his name loudly he sings his song. All the students dream of being like him. Will they be able to find out Simon's magic song and apply it to their lives?
The story is charming and has a good message. The colorful sketches give clarity to the concept and also breathe life and movement into the scenes and characters. It's a good bedtime storybook and it is also good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The addition of song notes into the book is refreshingly original and readers can learn the song and incorporate it into their lives too. Simon the Seal is a lovable character and will remain in the hearts of young readers for a long time.
Storybooks with a concept, message and moral are good for children and this book does just that. Children understand concepts and morals easily through story-telling, and Simon the Seal tells readers how to practice and achieve self-control during all situations in one's life. In case any of us are having troubles in life, it's good to apply Simon's trick so we end up always doing the right thing.