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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite
Twillaby Pond, written by Patricia L. H. Black and illustrated by Deborah Hayhurst, introduces the young reader to a whole world of fanciful creatures: striped pricklychore, quadot, merm, pret, wee-pock, myrtie, rissie, and more. The lilting rhymes take a wee-pock and a water-blue pret on a “glimglorious” adventure they’ll never forget. They “get a great leaf from a twillaby tree, with quite enough room for you and for me.” “Away the leaf went on the wind’s pushy breath.” It takes them beyond the pond and the garden and the rocks they know so well, out into a world more wonderful than they had previously imagined.
When rhyming is done well, as it is in this book, the reader is in for a memorable treat. The characters “got caught in the fun of it all, and didn’t feel quite so tiny and small.” Readers will feel the fun of it all too, and maybe feel bigger and braver than before they read this story. This wild ride feels safe. Twillaby Pond by Patricia L. H. Black is a place where rainbows make sounds, leaves dance, and readers bounce along with the rhythm of rhymes. In addition to drawing the new creatures, Deborah Hayhurst has left many pages with feelings and patterns of color rather than details, so readers can imagine themselves on that leaf, swirling along with the music of the words. “Then the whole world opened out there on the pond and the friends saw marvels stretching beyond.”