The Children’s Book Review | March 24, 2020
Written by Steve Michael Reedy
Illustrated by Tom Lee
Age Range: 8+
Hardcover: 204 pages
Publisher: Monkey Mind Tales (January 1, 2020)
What to expect: Fables, Life Lessons
Through poetry, wise prose and an array of fantastical characters, author Steve Michael Reedy provides readers with a collection of kid-friendly, enjoyable tales that encourage humility and emphasize living in harmony. The entire collection offers an enchanting world that feels both familiar and imaginary, allowing readers to immerse themselves freely in priceless life lessons.
This compilation of tales begins and ends with a poem about a man and wife who travel the open seas on a boat lined with shelves of books. The tales are told as stories from within the books on these shelves, each of them offering a different mood—sweet, silly, or scary (but not too scary)—and all of them providing a moral. Readers will discover the power of positive thinking and learn the difference between being worried and being careful. They will also learn the importance of being accepted for who you are, which begins with accepting yourself. Additional lessons include being wary of tricksters and learning from your mistakes.
Well-crafted poems are scattered throughout, along with appealing pen and ink illustrations, breaking up the thoughtful prose that also, at times, begs to be read like poetry.
“I often found, while musing,
That life can be confusing.
What road should I be using?
Which path should I be choosing?”
If pondering significant questions like the ones in the above quote will intrigue your young reader, ages 8 and up, then they will love discovering Reedy’s answers in this well-written compendium of bewitching life lessons!
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About the Author
Steve Michael Reedy, MA, LPC, received his undergraduate degree in theatre, film, and television at UCLA. He later received a master’s degree in counseling and works as a licensed counselor in Dallas, Texas. He also holds licenses in varying forms of bodywork and teaches classes in Reiki, yoga, and meditation. For more information, visit: www.monkeymindtales.com
About the Author
Tom Fee received his BFA in advertising design at the University of North Texas. Afterward, he became an art director, designer, and creative director for several small design studios. He subsequently opened Tom Fee Graphic Design where he continues his work as an illustrator.
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