Friday, August 14, 2015

Florabelle by Sasha Quinton -- ADVISABLE

Quinton, Sasha Florabelle, illustrated by Brigette Barriger and Michel Tcherevkoff. PICTURE BOOK. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2015. $15.99. Content: G.

Florabelle is thrilled to go to the beach for the first time, but when she sees the ocean her vivid imagination kicks into high gear as she pictures all the scary things that could lurk beneath the waves. When she makes herself imagine pleasant things like mermaids instead, she can finally conquer her fear and splash in the waves.

The premise of a flighty, daydreaming girl living in her imagination is certainly not new, although the theme is common because it does strike a chord with so many children. The illustrations, on the other hand, are unique and gorgeous -- not to mention quirky and colorful and full of life.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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