Midwest Book Review on “What Happened to Chester?”

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Synopsis: Rory, an adventurous, take-charge young girl, meets her match in Hobblety Wobblety Chester McDeer. She soon learns that her friend can jump over any obstacle, despite his disability, and make a big difference to family and friends. Colorful, fun illustrations by the artistic team of Noah Hrbek and Lydia Whitehouse fully enhance children’s author Lauren Persons picture book story for young readers.

Critique: Original, fun, and with a special value for children ages 8-11 with reference to animal (and by inference, kids) disabilities and the importance self-esteem, “What Happened to Chester?: An En-deer-ing Tale of Hope and Healing” is an especially recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “What Happened to Chester?: An En-deer-ing Tale of Hope and Healing” is also available in a paperback edition (9781615997008, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

What Happened to Chester?
Lauren Persons, author
Noah Hrbek & Lydia Whitehouse, illustrators
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615997015, $27.95, HC, 22pp

The Perfect Gift

Color My World Perfect
In stock
Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-757-2
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: No
Edition: 1st
Author: Lauren Persons
Illustrator: Noah Hrbek
Pages: 38
Publication Date: 06/01/2023

What's Your Vision for a Perfect World?

Recently, while doing a recycling workshop with a group of three and four-year-olds, I asked what they thought would make a perfect world. Their answers made sense to me--ice cream, pizza and chocolate. Then they tackled harder problems by coming up with great ideas to re-purpose containers often tossed away with little thought. Their ideas were bold and creative. The Perfect Gift, an interactive story, was written to remind them how special they are and the important role they play in creating a beautiful world.

"This delightful, interactive story invites readers and their parents (and grandparents, teachers, friends) to consider what makes a 'perfect world' while acknowledging it isn't always so. It encourages exploring options for less than perfect days, developing resilience and encouraging the love of family. The Perfect Gift is a great book for all ages." --Margaret Hill-Daniels (experienced mother, grandmother and counselor)

"This is a good book because kids can draw from their imagination what a perfect world would look like. Their worlds will all be different, because all kids have different ideas in their heads. I wish I had this book." --Lucille Williard, age 5

"I love The Perfect Gift! The message is clear and simple enough for children yet also poignant and inspiring for adults. It explains the simple truth that, despite our best intentions, life doesn't always go as planned. The book offers space for readers to generate ideas. By following the drawing and writing prompts, readers will discover internal strengths. They will find that, when they tap the creative visions that are alive within them, they can positively change how they feel and how they react to what's going on around them. The Perfect Gift is given when this book is read and experienced together. --Jan Thrope, LSW, community activist

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