HiWatt Writers - 5 Star Picture Book Review of
Glory in the Morning, by author & illustrator, Sue Shanahan
Note: this review and all opinions in this review are those of Susie E. Caron © 3/30/2015
***** HiWatt Writer's features a monthly review of the Picture Books I believe are of outstanding quality for children. Below you will see the five categories I use. For each category you will also see I've awarded my new "Twee'-Star". (Many thanks to Twee' who created & donated her artwork for this purpose.) *****
***** Do you like surprises? I will post an interview with Sue Shanahan here in a few days. Sue has offered one Free Copy of Glory in the Morning and flower seeds, for a drawing. All you have to do is email me firstname.lastname@example.org and write "Glory in the Morning" on the subject line and "Yes" in the email. I will enter you in the drawing, which will be held one week from today. Good luck.
1. Did I like the book? Why? Did it flow? Did it make sense?
Glory in the Morning met and exceeded my expectations for a children’s picture book and I really loved it. The story flowed beautifully. Sue Shanahan completely captured and revealed the gentle, caring heart of the main character, a little girl named Annabelle, who loves flowers and all living things. Sue Shanahan also subtly reveals Annabelle’s other character qualities and models them for us in the child’s thought processes and decisions. I got caught up in the story (always a good sign) and found myself wondering how Annabelle would solve her problem? Her solution not only made sense, but made me smile and warmly agree. It's a wonderful story.
2. Did the illustrations help or interfere with the story?
The illustrations also by Sue Shanahan are really beautiful art. They are so outstandingly lovely that I could have been tempted to remove the full page illustrations and frame them. (Please note: I do not recommend removing pages from books. I just wanted to communicate my feelings about the illustrations.)
3. What was the purpose of this book? (educate, entertain, or inspire)
Glory in the Morning felt primarily inspirational and also entertaining. I found it entertaining because of the cute story about the fairy in trouble, and her request of Annabelle to help her. Inspirational aspects are revealed in Annabelle’s caring heart and other character qualities. Annabelle wants to help the fairy and tries repeatedly. Through her attempts she also shows she is lovingly respectful of her mother, understanding of her pets, her brother and her neighbor’s inability to help. In her thoughts and actions, Annabelle models for the reader a gentle loving respect for all living things. There is a surprise reward for the reader at the end of the story, which is clearly inspirational for us all.
***** Remember the surprise? In a few days I will also post an interview with Sue Shanahan and she has offered a free book drawing for my fans of HiWatt Writers. Email me email@example.com and post Glory in the Morning on the subject line and write "yes" in the email. I will enter you in the drawing.
4. Did the book target a specific audience and would it appeal to them?
This book will appeal of course, to little girls but also to Mothers and Dads of young children, ages 3-9. Grandmothers and Grandfathers are likely to be attracted to Glory in the Morning because of its evergreen message about relationship and love, and of course the beautiful illustrations.
5. What was the best part?
There is so many 'bests' to choose from in this book. However, what I appreciated most, as an author, is how Sue Shanahan deftly wove the story, giving subtle hints, but never revealing the solution until the end. Glory in the Morning is well thought out and beautifully constructed.
I highly recommend this book, Glory in the Morning, by Sue Shanahan. This is a book to buy and to read with someone you love, over and over again. Its evergreen messages and lovely images make it a timeless treasure for anyone’s library, especially your child’s.
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