Cover Art/illustrations: Gregory Michel
Exchange E-Publishing Entertaining
read ... recommended ... 3.35 stars
Danny the dandelion is befriended
by a lonely little boy Kai. Danny has met only rebuff from the
adults who mow the lawn where he lives and the flowers that live
in the flower beds. Danny is a weed. Kai sees instead a pretty
yellow flower. Danny survives despite being mowed.
The narrative writer Gasta produces
in "Danny" is one children will enjoy. However, I felt
concerned that Daddy was so unconcerned about his child's feelings
and continued to try to destroy the dandelion after his youngster
had spent many hours and days weeping. I was happy to see Kai
grow up to continue to see beyond the superficial, but would
have liked to see Daddy become a bit more understanding.
The illustrations found on the
pages of "Danny" are not the usual slick 'commercial'
type and I like that. This is a book directed toward the children
who will enoy and not the adults who will be buying. Too often
children's books are produced in a manner to entice the adults
and not the child audience. The illustrations produced by Gregory
Michel appear to be drawn and colored a la Syd Hof… a technique
children in my class room always enjoyed very much.
As a teacher I would like to
see a word list added to the end of the book with grade level
indicated for each word. The narrative will have appeal to the
3-8 set, however the vocabulary at times is beyond most readers
in that age group. As an aid to Teachers and Parents I would
like to see an indication of target audience added.
The multiple file format is my
least favorite for children's 'read alone' works. However once
the younger set is shown where to begin I do not think kids will
find the book difficult to navigate. A button appears at the
bottom of the first page leading the reader to the second, and
so forth. Children will not need to click each file in order
to read. The multiplicity of files can be a tad daunting for
little folks to view at first.
The one line I would like to
see changed is when Kai asks why the big people always take away
everything he likes. Other than Danny we are not presented with
an example of the adults taking away anything.
Despite the multiple files and
my small upset with Dad, "Danny" is a book I believe
I could use with success in my own classroom. The tale itself
is endearing, is one children will enjoy and the illustrations
are child appealing.