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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Five-year-old Emily did not want to wake up early in the morning though she knew she had to get used to it before school started. She did not want to start Kindergarten because she knew she would miss her mama and her toys. Her mama told her there was going to be a surprise and she needed to get up for that. Becky, her sister who was starting second grade, was curious to know what the surprise was. Mama told them they were going to make a special memory and led them down the stairs and out into the garage. She asked them to listen to Mother Nature. It was raining and she pulled them into the drizzling rain. Suddenly the rain started falling hard and the lights went out. Though thunder shook the house, none of them cared.
Special Memory by Christina Francine is a charming story that tells young readers how special memories help when difficult things happen. Adryelle Villamizar's illustrations are colorful and adorable and they breathe life into the story and make the concept tangible. It is a good book for parents and tutors to help children create special memories in their lives instead of dwelling on their fears. It is a good story to use for reading aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms, school libraries, and homes to help children get past their negative thoughts and also realize that they need not go anywhere to create special memories. The exercises and activities at the end of Special Memory by Christina Francine can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms to teach children a lot of new things in an entertaining and interesting way.