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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.