“We must hide all the sharp things where the Slicers and Dicers will never find them,” Margaret Welwood writes in her children’s book, Scissortown.
~ What ~
This thirty-four-page square paperback targets children ages four to eight-years-old that like made up stories that include animals and community while promoting morals.
In the neat and tidy town of Scissortown, the community’s calm existence is turned upside down when the Slicers and Dicers destroy many of their prized possessions. Deciding to hide all sharp cutting objects, the town changes as it finds a way to get rid of the gang of destroyers. Only when Tina cannot find her cat does she solve the city’s problem of the hidden tools.
~ Why ~
With no scary scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers based on some complicated wording.
The story not only shows how important tools are, but it also reinforces how children working together with adults can accomplish a goal. At the end, the book encourages how special we are to God and He has given each of us important work to do.
~ Why Not ~
If you do not like faith-based books like this one that promotes Christianity, there is an option to purchase a life-based book instead. With two Bible stories and verses mentioned on the inside back cover, they are simplistic and do not the focus of the book.
~ Who ~
Author Welwood has written over one-hundred magazine and newspaper articles. Illustrator Rycroft has worked on fairy and floral artwork and is expanding into children’s books illustrations.
~ Wish ~
Although an innocuous story, the book paints the large hippopotamuses as the destroyers of the town and they are tricked into leaving instead of given ways to stay and stop cutting up everything. This may promote those who are fat or heavy are destructive and not to talk it out to resolve a problem.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book with expressive pictures that promotes children helping adults while briefly mentioning God, this may be a good choice. I will be sharing my copy with my two-year-old granddaughter.
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