“As our new pals now leave,
I’m so happy that we’ve
Shown them what acceptance can mean,”
Katie Mullaly rhymes in her children’s book, Land of And.
~ What ~
This thirty-six-page oversized hardbound targets five- to ten-year-olds who enjoy looking at fanciful, fun pictures while being told a story in rhyme about making friends with others. With no scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
This charming tale is about a walrus-looking animal with a mustache that begins his journey in a wooden boat as he travels through the Land of And. Afraid of encountering the naysayer, Yabbut, the thoughtful creature invites a plethora of strange, uncommon, and unique animals into his boat to take the trip with him. While promoting everyone has special skills, experience, and style, he befriends those with odd looking necks and one who lives in a shell to a big furry pink behemoth and one with many arms to name a few. As the trip comes to an end, the captain of the boat reiterates to reach out to others and be friendly, even if they are different than you.
~ Why ~
With the beautiful, colorful, and eclectic illustrations, the book will captivate the reader’s attention. Promoting to be the first to reach out to someone unique or different than you, it hones in on compassion and kindness. I love both inserts of the jacket cover with one having a more detailed map of their adventure.
~ Why Not ~
Some children may not like some of the complicated, detailed depictions while others may not understand some of the wording that is more geared for adults.
~ Who ~
In addition to being an author, Mullaly is a teacher, coach, gourmet food store manager, graphic designer, geology assistant, public affairs official, and emergency manager. No information is given online regarding the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
With the book being told in rhyme, it may be hard to understand for young ones and beginner readers who many not comprehend words like regard, neglected, inclusion, convene, and acceptance. It would be helpful to include page numbers.
~ Want ~
If you want a book that will keep your child engaged looking at the strange concoctions of creatures while reminding them to think of others, this would be nice addition to any child’s collection.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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