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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite
The Little Encouragers - Ellie: New Town, New Mom, written by mother and daughter authors Mariah and Tallula Sebastien, talks about Ellie and her magical friends. After her parents’ divorce, Ellie and her mom moved to a new town. She also had to go to a new school. Ellie misses her friends terribly and she longs for those familiar surroundings. To make matters worse, her mom is angry all the time. Good thing some friendly magical creatures appeared at the right moment! With their help, Ellie tries to make her life happier again.
Right off the bat, The Little Encouragers is already good! It is well written, easy to digest and interesting enough to keep you hooked into the story until the very end. It is well written in a way that it has a clean feel. Readers definitely won’t get lost anywhere in the story line and the movement is always forward. One will be leafing through the pages without a hitch! The words used are easy on the eye and kids would definitely be fine reading this story on their own. Hence, it is easy to digest. Meanwhile, the inclusion of magic is the pull that will keep young readers' interest. The main character is another pull. Ellie herself is adorable. The moment you meet her, you will love her instantly. She is also an inspiration being the strong child that she is.
In this book, the usual problems kids face in a new environment are shown extensively through Ellie’s new life, but it also tackles a serious issue. The way the story is written, though, it is definitely made to help younger readers understand. The tandem team of mother and daughter authors - Mariah and Tallula Sebastien - is very successful! Also, can we talk about the illustrations? Tallula and Atticus nailed them. They just go well with everything and convey the story as it is. This book will put a smile on a young reader’s face and it can even make adult readers reminisce about their own childhoods. This is a great read most especially for kids. This is one of those stories that children should have on their night stand.