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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
Prepare to meet mystical garden cherubs who dwell within the green forest that is Sodbury. Sodbury is a place like no other where nature and magic are one, the sort of fantastical place found in the stories of folklore and fairytales. However, despite its vibrant illustrations and sweetly named characters, Sodbury Season: Sisters of a Feather, the second book in David Miadovnik’s children’s series Sodbury Season, tackles the serious and sometimes tough subject of tragedy and loss. Despite the strong bond between main characters Lottie Pop and Carol Lyng, the two sisters have had to overcome many obstacles before they were ever as close as they are now. The story begins four years prior to the start of the book, in which a very lonely Lottie Pop wishes for a sibling. Eventually, her wish comes true, though not in the way she would have ever expected.
Regardless of this being a children’s book filled with colorful fairy-like creatures, Miadovnik somehow manages to explain the complex stages of grief through the eyes of a child who has never herself experienced the heavy emotions of grief before. Simultaneously, Miadovnik also brings up the subject of adoption, adjustment, and acceptance, all the while keeping the flow of the narrative lighthearted. Sisters of a Feather carries within its seemingly innocent pages the weight of its obvious depth. I believe that Sisters of a Feather deserves to be in the hands of both children and adults dealing with these difficult subjects so that they may utilize the wisdom contained in Miadovnik’s book.