June 5, 2010
Review & Giveaway: A Different Kind of Hero children's eBook
A Different Kind of Hero
Written by: Leah Beth Evans
Illustrated by: Colleen Gedrich
Release Date: 2007
Pages: 40 pp
Synopsis (as taken from the Tribute Books website)
The rainforest is under attack. One monkey is determined to save it. His name is Tomagochi. He’s brown. He’s small. He’s plain. But when a group of men enters the rainforest armed with bulldozers and axes, Tomagochi the monkey springs into action to defend his natural habitat. While larger animals like Peshe the tiger run and hide, Tomagochi charges into battle. Will he be victorious? Will the rainforest be saved? Join Tomagochi as he fights to protect his home and discovers just how special he truly is.
About the Author (as taken from the Tribute Books website)
Leah Beth Evans was inspired to write her story as a 4th grade student after studying about the rainforest. She continues to enjoy writing stories and poetry. However, her story A Different Kind of Hero has always been one of her favorites.
As soon as I opened the eBook, Raileigh started to exclaim "monkey!" quite excitedly. Raileigh is a big fan of monkeys. Since Tomagichi, the main character of the story is a monkey, I had a feeling she was going to enjoy it.
The book was very easy to read. The story is actually written by a four grader, Leah. Since Leah is a child herself, she really does a great job of telling the story on a level that other children can understand. I was a little concerned that the entire point of the story would go over Raileigh's head. I think that parts of it did, but not everything. Her little face would wrinkle with concern in appropriate points in the story, and she would get excited at other parts. So, I know that she was comprehending at least some of the plot.
The illustrations throughout the story are breathtaking. They are vibrant, bold, and incredibly unique. Raileigh enjoyed finding all of the animals she recognized in each illustration. Each page with text has an accompanying illustration. Plus, there is a 2 page layout with simple, yet beautiful illustrations in between each page with text. So, 40 pages may seem like an incredibly long story to read to your little one, but it's really not because of all the pictures.
I think this is a great way to introduce the rainforest and rainforest destruction to your child. Even if you don't think your child is completely ready for this concept, I can attest that this is a great book to share with them anyhow. It will plant the seed for future teachings. You also never know when your child is absorbing a lot more information than you realize! I also think the animal characters and beautiful pictures will appeal to children at all age levels.
I am so excited to tell you that Nicole at Tribute Books is doing a giveaway here at Wee Share! One lucky reader will receive a copy of the eBook A Different Kind of Hero.
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