Splendor the Magnificent

Children - Picture Book
25 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2019
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Author Biography

Once upon a time in England there was a Kiwi girl. She was unsatisfied with her job peeling onions at a factory in Norfolk and yearned for a better life where she could harness her untapped artistic potential and unleash all her pent up rhymes. One day when she realized she had no tears left to cry for the onions she packed up and moved to Spain, fell in love with a handsome Systems Administrator, had two kids, became a children's author and lived happily ever after.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Splendor the Magnificent by Rebecca Bielawski is a sweet and quirky tale of a bird that lets his popularity go to his head. A baby bird hatches with stunning blue feathers and is so beautiful that his mother names him Splendor. Everyone flocks to see him, to take pictures with him, and to praise his lovely appearance. All the compliments go to Splendor’s head and he grows and grows until one day he can’t grow anymore. Then a little sparrow asks him a question that makes him very angry and teaches him a valuable lesson.

The story has a fun rhyme scheme that kids will enjoy with illustrations that are stunning and full of color. The images have details with plenty of humor that is sure to make kids laugh. The story is in the style of a fable with a life lesson woven throughout and the fun image of Splendor growing and growing with every compliment he receives. The story focuses on Splendor’s pride and ego, with all the words of praise about his lovely appearance and all the attention he receives. This makes him more and more superficial. Then when Splendor loses his temper at a question from a little sparrow, a delightful scene ensues that will be a great discussion starter with kids about Splendor’s attitude and what he eventually learns.

By the end, he befriends the sparrow, which sparks some kindness in him. He learns that a true friend will appreciate you for who you are and this teaches Splendor kindness over vanity. Splendor the Magnificent is a delightful story that children will love, and parents will enjoy the meaningful lesson with stunning illustrations.