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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Ben, Savya, Kimaya, Oliver and Mei are best friends. They live in Slowville and attend a school that is set in a pretty park-like setting on top of the roof of an apartment building. There’s something very calming about Slowville. It’s comfortable, safe and ecologically/ environmentally friendly. People walk or ride their bikes to respect the environment. They even grow and raise their own food. Everything about the town is green and caring for each other and for the environment. So, when the teacher takes the best friends on a field trip to a farm, it’s small wonder that not only do they learn about the animals on the farm, but they are actively involved in helping rescue an abandoned, newly born calf and a cow stuck in the muddy pond. Another field trip takes the children to a nearby seniors' home where they will make lunch and share it with the residents. Two great stories about caring for the environment and for each other.
If only the world was like Slowville! Madly Chatterjee’s picture book story, The Children of Slowville/ Les Enfants de Slowville, is a charming story told in both English and French. The colorful watercolor paintings certainly enliven the story which is calmly told with compassion in a voice that will both soothe and entertain while educating the young reader. Written bilingually, this story will also help young readers master both English and French reading skills. The plot develops steadily with some excitement to keep the interest growing. And, there’s a page to color or paint at the end of the book. A great learning experience.