The Blomes and The Smooms and the Impossible Bridge

Children - Social Issues
32 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2021
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Author Biography

Heather lives in beautiful Eagle, Idaho with her husband and her 8 children. Her journey to become a mom of 8 has been a bumpy one that has included infertility, being a foster parent, adoption, and special needs parenting. She now has a big family of 2 biological children and 6 adopted children. Heather has always loved to read. When she was a little girl, she would read cereal boxes and shampoo bottles when she didn't have a book to read. As a mom of 8 children, she uses books and stories to teach her children. Reading books to her children is special time to her. Sometimes she still pulls out one of their favorite children's stories and her big teenagers all gather around and listen. There's something beautiful about a favorite book from your childhood. It's like reuniting with an old friend.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

The Blomes and the Smooms and the Impossible Bridge, written by Heather Davis and illustrated by Corryn Webb, is about two very different creatures. Even though they live in a beautiful valley together, they do not get along at all. The Smooms value beauty and the Blomes love to invent things. Separated by a river, the two groups decide to build a bridge to bring them closer together; however, this just leads to more fighting. What can be done? Since the grownups can’t seem to put their differences aside, the children have an idea that might turn their enemy families into friends.

I have to say that the beautiful, creative illustrations are what initially caught my eye. Page after page is filled with vibrant colors and spectacular images. It really brought the story to life, and I found myself pausing on each page to make sure I didn’t miss any impressive details. Also, the story is one that children of all ages will absolutely love. Not only are the rhymes fun to read, but the lesson about working together and the benefits of being different from one another is perfectly expressed through these characters. It also has some great vocabulary words that parents and educators could introduce to children. Combining the fabulous skills of Heather Davis and Corryn Webb, The Blomes and the Smooms and the Impossible Bridge, with its lovely illustrations and enjoyable, thought-provoking story, is an unforgettable picture book that would be enjoyed in any home or classroom.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

The Blomes and The Smooms and the Impossible Bridge by Heather Davis is a lovely and engaging children's book dealing with social issues we have all witnessed at various levels. It is beautifully illustrated by Corryn Webb and shares a very important truth which many grown-ups have (conveniently) forgotten. It is first and foremost the story of two peoples who have everything to be happy together but who focus on their differences. Fortunately, their young ones will not give up and will prove them wrong.

The Blomes and The Smooms and the Impossible Bridge by Heather Davis is a gorgeous and deep children's book that focuses on some of our faults: not being able to understand different ideas, divergent opinions, not being able to work with people who are not like-minded, feeling too strongly about our own ways of thinking. In this amazing story, the Blomes and the Smooms cannot work together because some prefer beauty to strength while others would rather have something ugly but strong and safe. Their children, who would like to play together, get together and manage to do what their parents aren’t able to do because they are short-sighted and not selfless enough. Young people will prove to adults how important it is to work together, get past one’s differences and even thrive on them! Let's keep in touch with our child's heart. Let's make this world, however beautiful or ugly, a better, more harmonious place by collaborating and cooperating in a smart and thoughtful way.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

The Blomes and the Smooms live on opposite sides of a river. They both have their talents: the Smooms being artistically creative and enjoying homemade smoomberry pies, while the Blomes were technologically creative and made the most marvelous inventions. At one point, they thought a bridge connecting the two communities would allow them to share their talents. The only problem was, they couldn’t agree on how to construct the bridge. So, they lived apart, separated by the river, angry at the others. While the adults fumed, however, the children collaborated. And what do you think happened?

Heather Davis’s picture book story, The Blomes and the Smooms and the Impossible Bridge, is a charming story about getting along and accepting differences. We all have different talents and if we share them, we can become better, more wholesome people. That was what the Blomes and the Smooms had to learn. The plot progresses through the conflict that divided the two groups and reaches its climax when the children take action. Cleverly told in rhyming verse and with beautiful, bright, colorful illustrations. Children will love to follow along with the story, perhaps even pointing out where the adults went wrong in their attempt to come together. Sometimes it takes a simpler approach to reach success, but more importantly, it takes collaboration and the willingness to both accept and consider the possibilities presented by differences, and to accept that one way of thinking is not always the right or the only way of thinking. Complex issues, but the author very astutely presents all of this for young readers to comprehend.