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Book review : Thomas and the Lily Pond by Jane Whiteoak

Posted on: July 29, 2013


Dear friends and book lovers,

Today I will post a review for the children’s book Thomas and the Lily Pond by  popular children’s author Jane Whiteoak.

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Book title : THOMAS AND THE LILY POND

Author : Jane Whiteoak

Genre :  Children’s book – friendship, social skills and causes, growing up

Amazon Kindle Store : http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Lily-Pond-ebook/dp/B008LG0T0G

My review : 5 out of 5 starsI recommend this Ebook for your kindle or reading on your IPad, tablets or other android devices

Review in detail : This is a children’s book with a delightful short story featuring a group of animals and birds as interesting and unique characters. This story can be read to your children or nephew/niece, grandchildren in the age group 4+ to 6 years. Children between 7 to 10 years old can read this wonderful story by themselves.

A group of animals and birds lived a harmonious and happy life in a forest with a lily pond. Each were assigned a specific duty to keep the forest safe, secure, filled with food and maintain the harmony. Each animal worked very well as a team member. There was Thomas – the friendly turtle, Rupert – the big white rabbit, Roman – the strong helpful raccoon, Sammy – the elderly red squirrel, Spike – the skunk who patrolled the forest at night, Binnie- the blue jay, Princeton – the protective porcupine, Corinna – the chickadee and Winston – the old wise owl.

Every animal respected and loved one another and gave space to grow and shared food with each other. One day a bull frog named Bruno arrived at the Lily pond amidst this peaceful group. Bruno was a cunning frog and he wanted to take the whole of Lily pond as his home where Thomas used to live. After his arrival, things changed in the forest, specially for Thomas.

To know what happened to the forest, I’d recommend you to read this wonderful story which has a touch of excitement, emotions and interesting adventures!

The story is simple, focusing concisely on each special trait of the animal character and gently directs the reader to the core issue at hand. It is easy to read to a child and focuses on the realistic aspects of bullying by a manipulative and cunning member in a group and how to thwart such bullying attempts at an early age. The story also shows the detrimental effects of surrendering to a bully and getting conned by his false compliments, thereby questioning and suspecting own friends at the word of a bully.

I think this sort of book is very much required in today’s diverse society, specially when cases of bullying are often heard of and witnessed in schools beginning from play school right up to the higher classes. From an early age, children ought to know who’s a bully and who’s not; and this book successfully and gently reveals this aspect to the children and how to confront and thwart bullying unitedly.

Therefore, this book encourages to learn team work, helping people in society, unity, compassion, forgiveness, love for your neighbor and other such aspects that keep the humanity alive in human beings.

I loved the story and I plan to read it to my niece as well! Author Jane Whiteoak should continue writing such meaningful stories and entertain both the parents and their children!

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