This is the first in the Magic Islands
series of books from Welsh author Irene Edwards, and it is something of a
treat. These are charming books for younger
kids, I’d say from the eight to twelve age range, and the series gets off to a
promising start with this exciting tale combining light-hearted magical fantasy
with an important environmental message.
There may be some people who say why does this always have to be the
case; why can’t we just allow kids to be kids without always telling them
something they will inevitably learn soon enough anyway, but Irene’s book doesn’t
preach; it does a very good job of getting the message across in a way that doesn’t
overpower the story or get kids asking too many serious questions, that message
being a clear one of loving your environment and respecting the species on it –
and you can tell that Irene absolutely loves hers.
I enjoyed this book, and disclosure is due
here: I did help Irene work on it a little, but this in no way influences my
review. It was a pleasure to read, both
before and after, and I highly recommend it if you have kids around that age. The fantasy is of the childlike kind: dragons,
wizards and witches who all mean well, but can be quite naughty. Children might learn a lot from Magic Islands – but, more importantly, I’m sure they’ll love it, too.
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