One day, Miya travels out to the forest with a bag of old bread and stale biscuits to feed the animals so they don’t go hungry during the winter. An angry squirrel insists upon knowing why this human is in the forest. But when Miya tries to leave, she realizes she has gone very deep into the forest and is now lost.
She meets up with the other animals, who are having a meeting to discuss what the humans are doing to the forest. Miya is on a mission to save the forest. With the animals’ help, she makes it back to her village determined to do what she can to convince the people they must change their ways.
A Winter Solstice Celebration by DiDi LeMay is a small book with a big message. Young readers are treated to an enjoyable story of talking animals who interact with humans–at least one human anyway. Miya has been taught to respect the animals and the environment, so she is the perfect person to deliver the animals’ message back to her village.
LeMay is obviously passionate about protecting the environment. The book is printed on acid-free post consumer waste paper. Perhaps at some point it will be available in electronic format.
The author tells an engaging story, one I feel will do well if read aloud. The different personalities of the animals are well done. I have to admit, however, that I wish the reader met Miya sooner. One whole page and three-quarters of the next page are spent describing the village before Miya appears. There are also other areas where so much is described that it slows down the pace of the story. It’s a tiny nitpick, but I felt it made the story longer than necessary, which may have something to do with the high selling price.
Other than that, this is an excellent way to share the important message of protecting the environment with young people. It’s a delightful story that is nicely complemented by the illustrations from Jacquie Campbell.
Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂