Book Review of Ripley’s Missing Locket
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Written by Connie Herrick
Illustrated by Mark Herrick
Ages 3-10 | 62 Pages
Publisher: Herrick Publishing | ISBN-13: 9781737651437
What to Expect: Friendship, problem-solving, positive thinking, pets
Losing something precious can be a devastating experience. Through endearing pet characters, Ripley’s Missing Locket helps readers mentally explore this familiar scenario, validating their feelings of distress and modeling positive thinking and problem-solving skills they can use to find a solution.
Ripley, the calico cat, is so excited about her new locket! It is sparkly and shiny and just purrrfect. After a satisfying morning showing it off to all of her friends and family, however, Ripley is horrified to find her beautiful new locket is gone. Luckily, her brother Hariel (the upside-down goldfish) offers some good advice. He reminds her that everyone has a unique way of looking at the world, so with the help of her friends and family, Ripley can hunt for her missing locket, knowing that everyone is using their special expertise to help.
The text uses simple vocabulary, sound play, and gentle humor to keep even young readers engaged in the story. At the same time, beautiful watercolor illustrations bring Ripley’s animal friends and natural environment to life in delightful detail. At the end of the story, readers get a gentle reminder that it’s friends and family, and not material possessions, that are really precious.
Overall, Ripley’s Missing Locket is an engaging and instructive way to help young readers think about family, possessions, and perspective.
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About the Creators
Connie and Mark Herrick are a wife/husband, author/illustrator team who created the Ripley and Friendz books to bring joy and art to all people, big and small. Their book profits support children’s literacy, animal adoption, and wildlife preservation.
Connie Herrick – Author
Ripley’s stories have always been loved by Connie’s friends and family. Recently retired from 40 years in finance, marketing, and integrative medicine, she finally has time to write them. Like Ripley, she loves ice cream, adventures with friends, naps, and Mark.
Mark Herrick – Illustrator
After 40 long years working in high tech and 20 years volunteering in local Search and Rescue, Mark is recently retired from both and finds joy in discovering his artistic nature. His love of watercolors, nature, and meditation is the perfect combination for illustrating the Ripley books.
For more information, visit https://www.ripleyandfriendz.com/the-herricks.
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