“I do want to solve the mystery, but I want to do it the right way,” Mia explains the book, Glimmer Girls: A Dolphin Wish written by Natalie Grant and Naomi Kingsman.
~ What ~
Part two of the Glimmer Girls series, this two-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets children ages eight to twelve years old, especially girls who like animals and mysteries. With no profanity or adult situations, the Christian-based book references the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
In this continuing tale, ten-year-old twins Maddie and Mia along with their younger sister, Lulu, are in San Diego, California, where their famous mother will be performing her next concert. Allowed to go to Captain Swashbuckler’s Adventure Park, the three girls not only get to go on fun, wet rides, but they get involved in trying to solve a mystery of animals set loose in the amusement park by a person name Dr. Doolittle.
Knowing Maddie solved the last case, Mia wants to do all she can to be the one to solve the mystery as she struggles with obeying her parents and following the rules. Dealing with competition between siblings, jealousy, and keeping secrets, the girls learn God is in control, and there are not only black and white answers.
~ Why ~
With the backdrop of an amusement park, the author explains not only pirate-themed venues but also life and characteristics of a myriad of animals such as sea turtles, dolphins, seals, penguins, and parrots to name a few. I like how she easily incorporates mentioning God in the conversations between adults and children.
~ Why Not ~
Some may feel the book is weighted down with too many rides and animal information while trying to solve a mystery. Others that do not believe in Christ as their Savior may not approve of the inferences and reliability of the Almighty.
~ Who ~
Having written one prior book in the series, Grant is a four-time Grammy nominee and top-selling Christian and Gospel artist who lives in Tennessee with her husband and children. No information is given on Kingsman or the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Including a book discussion section at the back would be helpful for reminding readers about the Biblical highlights mentioned in the book.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a current-day Christian series that has both educational and spiritual values, this may be a good one to start.
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