Title: Wandering Woolly
Author/Illustrator: Andrea Gabriel
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
“They touched her with their trunks and bellowed with happiness to have their Woolly back home again. Little Woolly tucked her head into her mama’s warm, furry legs. She was glad to be home!” Andrea Gabriel ends the story section of her children’s book, Wandering Woolly.
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy an educational story about mammoths. With no scary scenes except for an animal falling into a river and getting lost, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this book that states the earth is over thirteen thousand years old, it begins with a story of a young mammoth named Woolly that wonders about the world around her. One day she sees a river where she wants to cool off. Deciding to go by herself, she wanders down by the icy water and falls into its rumbling, rolling waves. She tries to keep her trunk above the water as she calls out for her mama. She is tossed along and grabs hold of a log that quickly takes her past a sloth, hunting lion, bear, beaver, and humans.
Exhausted, she swims to safety when the current slows down and is desperate to go back home. With her feet, she senses her mother’s bellows from far away. Getting hungry, she wanders by a family of saber tooth cats. When she finally sees her mom and aunties, she rushes home to be with them.
The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve theoretical ice age sequencing, the history of mammoths and elephants as well as the Clovis people, and several extinct ice age animals.
What makes this book fun is learning about mammoths and how they survived in the wild a long time ago. Any child will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures while following the story and learning which animals are now extinct.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars (Believing in creationism, the reviewer disagrees with the represented age of the earth).
An award-winning artist, Gabriel has been an illustrator of several children’s books for the past fifteen years. Having written a prior book, she living in Washington with her family and pets.
Thanks to Arbordale Publishing and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.
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