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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Zach's Journey from Selfish to Elfish is a story book for children, grades K-3, written by Collette Ryan. Zach wasn’t at all happy with his dog Alice’s behavior. She kept on trying to wake him up. Alice wanted to play ball, but Zach just wanted to lie there under the covers and think about all the cool toys that were at the mall. Luckily for Alice, Zach’s elf showed up, and he helped her get Zach out of bed and outdoors. Zach was always aware of what his elf wanted him to do, because elves have a lot to say about any toys kids may be getting. But something unexpected happened when he listened to his elf and Alice. Zach was amazed to see how happy Alice was from just going out and playing with him. She didn’t need anything else. Later that night, Zach’s elf discussed the difference between being selfish and elfish. Now Zach didn’t know what being elfish was all about, but he was about to find out
Collette Ryan’s story book for children, grades K-3, Zach's Journey from Selfish to Elfish, is a sweet and disarming fable that shows kids how being aware of, and caring for, others can actually enrich their lives -- much more so than the newest toy they’ve discovered at the mall. The reader follows Zach as he begins to realize the impact he can make on others’ lives, starting with a simple game of catch with his dog, Alice. Ryan’s ELFISH guidelines are fun and simple to follow, and her story illustrates how easy it is to work just a few changes into one’s life. The illustrations that accompany the text are eloquent and amusing, and the vocabulary used in the story makes it an excellent text for early readers to try on their own as well as enjoying during story time. Zach's Journey from Selfish to Elfish is most highly recommended.