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Named after the wind because of her unusual frame and the butt of cruel jokes from the other fairies in her Fae community, Aella cannot fathom why she has no sparkle even when others have theirs. As she grows bigger the taunts become worse until one day, tired of it all, she makes up her mind to go on a journey to find her sparkle. She is unprepared for what may come and who she may meet but as long as she finds her heart's desire, this journey is essential. Aella will discover that there is more to life than a bright glow and sometimes to move ahead we must first learn to let go of the past in Donna E. Lane's In Search of Sparkle: A Faerie Fairy Tale.
Donna E. Lane tells a tale of endurance and belief with In Search of Sparkle. Her storyline is beautiful in its presentation. Using age-appropriate and entertaining language that will appeal to young readers, she creates an intriguing story with a feel-good vibe to it that is amazingly simple to follow and understand. Aella's interactions with Bob are delightful and brought a smile to my face on many occasions with their simplistic exchanges. One aspect that I found particularly appealing is the pictures. Sharp colors are expertly melded to create breathtaking pictures that are as beautiful as they are striking. This work turns out wonderfully well for a book targeted at young readers with its interesting subplots, unusual creature names, and eye-catching visuals. Lane deserves plaudits for this lovely addition to a children's library.