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.