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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Life can sometimes get very complicated. We want to have fun, but at the same time, there are things we must do. We are often torn between pleasure and responsibility. Freela is a fun-loving, free spirit who wants to enjoy life to its fullest with music, friends and lots of laughter; Dodette is a doer and always wants things done just so. It can be a tug of war between pleasure and responsibility, between Freela and Dodette. What is a person to do? How can one achieve a balance between these two opposing entities? Or, are they opposing? Can there be a compromise? The answer is deep within our hearts: a balance to maintain our sense of equilibrium between fun and responsibility.
Understanding this need for balance can be complicated and difficult for young readers. Liliana Kohann’s picture book story, Two Creatures, is a wonderful tool to help young readers. The two creatures, of course, are Freela and Dodette. And the boy caught in the middle could potentially be any one of us. With beautiful rhyming verse and imaginative, sometimes comical illustrations, this story will help young readers look deep into their own hearts to find solutions - to learn how to work together as Freela and Dodette learn to help each other; to learn how to resolve conflicts like Freela and Dodette learn how to compromise and help each other; and how to be imaginative and intuitive in solving difficult problems. A wonderful tool to help young readers understand themselves and others, too.