The Ansgar Kids Treasury

The Ansgar Kids Treasury

A Windflower Saga Collection, The Windflower Saga Volume 15

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
198 Pages
Reviewed on 05/18/2017
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Author Biography

Aleksandra Layland is a retired civil engineer and federal civil servant who worked primarily for the United States Air Force as a senior installation engineering manager responsible for buildings, airfields, infrastructure, fire protection, and emergency preparedness. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Western Caroline Islands where she helped build school classrooms and cafeterias, low income housing, and simple village water distribution systems.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

The Ansgar Kids Treasury (A Windflower Saga Collection) by Aleksandra Layland is the fifteenth volume in the Windflower Saga. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of children and parents who have enjoyed the other books in the Windflower Saga, as well as those looking for an epic fantasy children’s book. This book is, in fact, a collection of four different books that are a part of the Windflower Saga, containing: Tiyo, The Dog Who Saved Ansgar, Bright Star, A Pony of the Kimbrii, Keri and Kalina, and Golden Skye of Ansgar. Each story has its own unique plot line that interacts with the plot lines and characters of the other stories.

As an after school elementary school counselor, I am always looking for different children’s books that I can share with the children at my school. The Ansgar Kids Treasury (A Windflower Saga Collection) by Aleksandra Layland is a wonderful book. I liked how each of the stories is geared towards a slightly different age group as it makes this one book perfect for an after school environment where there are many children of different ages. The stories themselves were intertwined in both subtle and obvious ways; for example, Queen Keridwen of Kimbria is a character in both Golden Skye of Ansgar and Keri and Kalina. I have to say my personal favorite out of the four stories was Golden Skye of Ansgar. I loved the fact that Aleksandra Layland included so many wonderful animals in the story. Overall, this is a wonderful collection of stories and it has inspired me to seek out the other books in the Windflower Saga for my after school program.

Bruce Arrington

The Ansgar Kids Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection, written by Aleksandra Layland, can be divided into three different parts comprising this collection. This is aimed at children from preschool to the third grade reading level. The first two stories, “Tiyo, the Dog Who Saved Ansgar” and “Bright Star, A Pony of the Kimbrii,” are directed at very young readers. The narration comes from the animal character in each story, the first a dog, the second a pony. They “talk” to the reader about their roles and responsibilities, especially in regards to their interactions with people. It has some educational value as well, discussing topics such as caverns vs. caves, the roles of stallions vs. lead mares, etc. I found the accompanying pictures to be an important part of the stories, as they give a pictorial representation of the story offered. I found the artwork to be excellent and believe that young children will certainly enjoy them.

The third story, “In A Land Far Away,” is a first person story, set in rhyme, about the dreams and wishes of being with horses and dogs. Some of the pictures are duplicated from the first two books, but can also serve as good repetition. Most of the lines scan well, making it a lovely way to present a story. The final offering by Layland, called “A Windflower Saga Chapter Book,” is a gentle adventure of two girls, Keri and Kalina. It covers a good part of their lives as friends, their family members, and their journey in obtaining supplies. Numerous characters are introduced in the story, which might be overwhelming for readers to follow and cause them to become lost. But in all, this is a rich, childlike experience that young readers will enjoy. The Ansgar Kids Treasury is definitely a recommended read for children.

Bruce Arrington

The Ansgar Kids Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection, written by Aleksandra Layland, can be divided into three different parts comprising this collection. This is aimed at children from preschool to the third grade reading level. The first two stories, “Tiyo, the Dog Who Saved Ansgar” and “Bright Star, A Pony of the Kimbrii,” are directed at very young readers. The narration comes from the animal character in each story, the first a dog, the second a pony. They “talk” to the reader about their roles and responsibilities, especially in regards to their interactions with people. It has some educational value as well, discussing topics such as caverns vs. caves, the roles of stallions vs. lead mares, etc. I found the accompanying pictures to be an important part of the stories, as they give a pictorial representation of the story offered. I found the artwork to be excellent and believe that young children will certainly enjoy them.

The third story, “In A Land Far Away,” is a first person story, set in rhyme, about the dreams and wishes of being with horses and dogs. Some of the pictures are duplicated from the first two books, but can also serve as good repetition. Most of the lines scan well, making it a lovely way to present a story. The final offering by Layland, called “A Windflower Saga Chapter Book,” is a gentle adventure of two girls, Keri and Kalina. It covers a good part of their lives as friends, their family members, and their journey in obtaining supplies. Numerous characters are introduced in the story, which might be overwhelming for readers to follow and cause them to become lost. But in all, this is a rich, childlike experience that young readers will enjoy. The Ansgar Kids Treasury is definitely a recommended read for children.