The Royal Palm and Runaway Clothes
Mrs. D. has released yet another cute book with a gentle message for children. In Runaway Clothes, Nika awakens to find her clothes missing. The wardrobe is empty with the exception of a few lonely and defiant hangers. When Nika asks about her missing clothes, the hangers inform her that she has chased them off because she didn’t care for them properly.
As Nika considers this information, she looks around her bedroom in fear. What if her toys have runaway, too? Where have her clothes gone and how will she get them back?
Runaway Clothes does not list an age group, but does offer an opportunity for parents to teach children about taking care of their belongings. Although it is an early reader chapter book younger children will enjoy hearing the story while nestled snugly in their parents’ laps.
The Royal Palm
I’ve read approximately half of Mrs. D’s books over the last year or two. Of the ones that I’ve read, she has always included a life lesson or teachable moment for parents to discuss. I love that she finds the opportunity to do that. She has does done the same thing with The Royal Palm.
In this book, a palm tree grows very tall and becomes vain. When a hurricane hits its tiny island home, the tree learns that it needs its friends, and it should not be so vain.
This book is cute and has wonderful illustrations. It can be read to very young children or used as a chapter book for older children who know how to read.
I’ll have to admit that while this book is very well done, it wasn’t my favorite of Mrs. D’s books. I would have liked the life lesson to have been a little more subtle. I would still recommend the book, as the story has merit and the illustrations are outstanding.
I received a free PDF copy of both of these books in exchange for an honest review.