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Reviewed by Ananya Hazarika for Readers' Favorite
The Prize Surprise is a children's storybook by Pam Atherstone about a boy who, like any other child, wants to win and be accepted. One day he is thrilled when he learns of a contest where the prize is a pet. He starts wondering about which pet he will win. Will it be a cat, a lamb, a donkey, or a calf? So he follows the rules of the contest and starts writing a poem. His hard work is rewarded when he wins a pig. She has a cute smiling face and a pink tail, but she will keep growing, and his home will not be big enough for her. He is confused, but his sister suggests a farm she had once visited on a school trip, where the pig could make friends and live happily. Will he take the pig to the farm or keep her in his home? The Prize Surprise is a delightful story about taking on challenges, making decisions, and following your heart.
I loved reading The Prize Surprise. It will captivate a child's interest. The rich illustrations catch the eye, encouraging imagination and curiosity. Children will love to learn about animals, their sounds, and their food. The language is age-appropriate, and the writing style follows a rhyming scheme that sets the rhythm and tone, making it an enjoyable read. Pam Atherstone also focuses on rewards being a motivating tool to complete a task and boosting children's confidence. It will bring out the competitive side of the child, and introduce them to problem-solving skills, and decision-making while honing their sportsmanship and challenging them to set goals. I suggest this book be read both by parents and children to use as an engaging tool, while also improving their reading and comprehension skills.