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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo is an educational adventure storybook for children written by Tanya Savva and illustrated by Emma Stuart. Kenzie-Moo doesn’t see with her eyes because she is blind, but her world is richly informed by each of her other senses; her ears, nose, tongue, and body all give vibrant impressions of her surroundings, and her imagination fills her world so beautifully. Kenzie uses her whole body to experience the world. When Kenzie and her mother took a trip along the Australian Coast, they shared a number of exhilarating adventures on their travels from Sydney up to the Daintree Rainforest. What did Kenzie-Moo actually see? Nothing, of course, but she did have a grand time indeed, and she shares every sense, sound, feeling and bit of excitement with her readers. Follow as she takes a ride on a helicopter, swims with a dolphin and visits the Carlo Sandblow where her voice travels for miles and miles.
The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo offers readers a new perspective on differently-abled kids. As they experience Kenzie and her mom’s Australian adventures through Kenzie-Moo’s sensory awareness, they learn to experience more of their own surroundings than what their eyes inform them. Each experience she shares is a learning experience for the reader. Emma Stuart’s illustrations are brilliant. I love her bold use of pastel colors which create magnificent frames for Kenzie-Moo and her mom’s adventures. The beach scenes make you wish you were there experiencing that icy water, and the rainforest scenes are suitable for framing for a child’s bedroom. The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo can be used interactively during story hour as the children relax with their eyes closed and share Kenzie-Moo’s experiences using her words and their own imaginations. The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo is a marvelous introduction to the differently abled, and it’s most highly recommended.