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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Mango Seed Doll by Karlene J. Froling is the story of Salon who was born in a tree covered by leaves, and hung there with her brothers and sisters. She was removed from the tree when she was big enough and placed on a tray with others. Salon was no longer a part of the tree now but was still inside her cocoon. Inside the cocoon she was covered by a firm yellow-orange pulp that could be eaten. They were all removed from the tray and placed in a basket. Salon waited nervously in the basket, wondering what would become of her. She was finally removed from her cocoon and left on a bench. The sun felt good. A little girl, KayLynne, picked her up from there and named her Salon. She took Salon home, gave her a makeover and made her look like a doll.
The story tackles the topic of acceptance, tolerance, self worth, and friendship in a very unique and creative way. The illustrations by the author are lively, imaginative, colorful, and breathe life into the story. I like the way she created a character out of a mango seed and gave it a personality of its own. The Mango Seed Doll is an excellent book for storytelling and read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries because of the wonderful messages it conveys, and parents can use it at home for bedtime storytelling and reading sessions. I am sure children will be encouraged to create their own mango seed doll after reading this story. I am planning to make one, and I think you should too!