Titles with fantasy, subtle messages



The miracle of childhood is bursting with enthusiasm and imagination. These qualities make it so pleasant to be with children; they look at life through an immaculate lens.

Feeding a child’s imagination daily can allow the child to maintain that enthusiasm and imagination for a lifetime. This type of “daily” exercise comes from many sources, including free play and reading imaginative books together. This is the case with the books reviewed below.

We all have the ability to hold the child within, regardless of our age. Despite the blows life can deal from time to time, being enthusiastic and resourceful about today and tomorrow is a life sustaining skill. Teaching children to do this from an early age is a real gift.

Books to borrow

The following book is available in many public libraries.

“The slippery map”, by NE Bode, HarperCollins, 273 pages

Read out: 9 years and older.

Read for yourself: 9-10 years and older.

Oyster R. Motel was dropped off at the door of the nunnery as a toddler. The nun’s way of life is all Oyster knows, and that makes for a pretty boring existence. So it’s no wonder that Oyster dreams of another world, full of excitement and all the things a boy could want.

When Oyster meets the card keeper, she hands him a card from his imagination, a card that is very small and very poor in detail. The card attendant tells Oyster that he has a great imagination, but he hasn’t unleashed it yet. “You have to be ready to work on your imagination so that you can become something.”

Not long after, Oyster hears a distant voice and a gust of wind lures him, which takes him into the imaginary world of another, where he is supposed to save this world from the iron grip of an evil force.

Piercing, loads of fun, and just the right amount of suspense – this imaginative story will take readers on a great ride.

Choice of librarian

Library: Stark County Library, North Branch Library, 189 25th St. NW, Canton

Managing Director: Mary Ellen Icaza

Senior Director of Public Service: Jen Welsh

Branch manager: Katherine Ferrero

Selection this week: “Fish feed”, by Andy Mansfield; “The babies on the bus” by Karen Katz; “A fold in time” by Madeline L’Engle

Books to buy

The following books are available from popular bookstores.

“The secret of the magic pearl” by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, translated from Italian by Christopher Turner, Red Comet Press, 2021, 92 pages, $ 21.99 hardcover

Read out: Age 6-10.

Read for yourself: Age 8-10.

Hector’s father was a deep-sea diver and Hector planned to follow in his footsteps growing up. A seafaring family for many generations, Hector’s family owned and operated the marina, where divers came up and down the coast to take part in the underwater exploration of the marina. Unfortunately, the marina went bankrupt when Amedeo Limonta moved next door and built Rivadoro – a new, huge complex that offers similar diving expeditions and boat trips at much cheaper prices than the marina.

Limonta was a seedy character who didn’t care about the sea. What interested him was money, and it was rumored that Limonta was out to find the magnificent, rare, elusive pearl that lived on the seabed off the marina and sell it. When it was Hector who actually discovered the Pearl on his first deep-sea dive, a series of events unfolded that prompted Hector to summon up his courage and do what was right for the Pearl, the sea, his family and his future.

Wonderfully imaginative, magical and full of great illustrations, “The Secret of the Magic Pearl” is everything an excellent story should be and much more.

“On the meadow of fantasies” by Hadi Mohammadi, illustrated by Nooshin Safakhoo, translated from Persian by Sara Khalili, Elsewhere Editions, 2021, 40 pages, $ 20 hardcover

Read out: Age 4-7.

Read for yourself: Age 6-7.

A young girl lies in her bed and stares at her horse mobile, which ignites her imagination and fantasies. Grabbed by her imagination, she dares to go on great adventures with the seven magnificent horses. She quickly realizes that six of the horses have their own color, home, dreams and fantasies, but the seventh horse has none of it.

With the help of the girl, the six horses selflessly share what they have with the seventh horse, and finally the girl’s world becomes full of color and life.

“On the Meadow of Fantasies” is a gently in-depth book about sharing, imagining, and caring for others.



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