Saturday, February 6, 2010
Colleen L. Reece has had more than a hundred books published and they've sold millions of copies, but her new book, Katydidn't, is different from most of the others. It's a picture book. Because we have the same publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, I was able to get a copy of Reece's book to review.
Katydidn't is about a little girl who is part of a big family, but she's lonely. Katy's many brothers and sisters each have their own interests, and none of their activities appeal to her. Eventually Katy realizes her siblings may also feel lonely, so she tries joining them and has fun.
The book will not only help children get along with other kids, but will teach them the importance of treating others as they want to be treated.
One of the most charming things about it is the setting, a natural world where children are free to play outside and can hear the sound of Katydids in the evening. I have a feeling that part of the story is autobiographical, since Reece grew up in a similar area.
The charming illustrations by K.C. Snider capture the feeling of the story well.