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Summary: Florabelle is a little girl with a huge imagination. Despite her family's insistence that she focus and become more serious, her daydreams are too big and beautiful to let go. After a day at the beach, Florabelle discovers that you can use your imagination to conquer your fears. This is a story about the power of imagination and just how *real* it can be.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: My five year old really liked this book; my three year old wasn't as interested. She loved the illustrations and the beautiful flower photographs. She asked to read this several times.
Adult Reader Reaction: I also liked this book. Florabelle is a relatable character for kids. The illustrations were gorgeous.
Pros: Beautiful illustrations help bring out a great message. Young readers will find this to be a cute story with a character they can relate to.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This would be a great library book and it is certainly unique, but I'm not sure that kids would return to it over the years.
Educational Themes: This is a story that helps kids see that imagination isn't just "daydreaming." Ask your audience about something they fear and how they might use their imagination to overcome it.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.