Saturday, February 25, 2012
Sumi's Book by Jan Bozarth
Sumi and her mother are shopping in an old antique shop when Sumi finds a worn ornate box that has a broken mirror in it. The mirror is beautiful and she thinks her mother might like it. Sumi doesn't know it means she's going on an adventure...
Random House Kids has published this Yearling Adventure and sent me a copy for review. It's number five in The Fairy Godmother Academy series. You can get a copy at your local bookstore now.
Ms. Bozarth writes a good adventure story. Sumi must collect the mirror shards to make her mirror whole again. She meets a male guide (who just happens to be good looking), learns to shape shift and almost gets eaten for her efforts to complete her mission.
I like the subtle lesson that is also taught in this story: You don't have to be perfect and sometimes less can say more.
The story is busy, the characters are charming (except the evil fairy, of course) and while the story ends, the adventures aren't over yet. Personally, I was wondering if that wonderful boy that helped her in the fairy world ever shows up in her human world...
Why not get a copy and let your young one read it and offer their ideas for continuing Sumi's story? I'm sure it will be fun to see what they come up with.