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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Magical Children is a children's picture book by Eliana Habalian. Inspired by Native American folklore, the book follows a group of friends who also happen to be magical children. One day when one of them -- Sophie -- a special child who has trouble communicating, looks sad, Mathew encourages the rest to learn the reason why and work toward making Sophie happy again. A sensitive and compassionate child, Sophie reveals she is sad because her mother was sad after losing her favorite red rose. Determined to find the red rose for Sophie's mother, the magical children start thinking of ways, when out of the blue, a Native American child called Umi, a bunny, and an Easter egg arrive to help guide them. Now, the friends embark on a quest where they will soon be joined by different animals to help them along their way.
Eliana Habalian's fable is about unconditional love and how it transcends language and other barriers to connect people through their hearts. Drawing inspiration from Native American culture, the author tells a heartwarming story that children will find themselves immersed in from the first page onward. The characters are kind, sensitive, and compassionate, and much like children, they help each other by showing empathy and understanding that sometimes adults tend to lose as they grow older. Habalian's artwork brings the characters to life and makes the story all the more impactful. I absolutely loved The Magical Children and highly recommend parents to introduce it to their children.