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Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite
When a little boy acts stubbornly all hell breaks loose in All Year Through for Cute You: Short Stories for Fun Reading by Volha Melgaard. Kirill was playing about in the garden when he caught something in his butterfly net. Instead of a butterfly, he had captured a pretty little fairy. The fairy asked Kirill to release her but he refused. Instead, he decided that he wanted to show everyone what he had caught. After the third time that he refused to free the fairy, she got so angry that her wings became sharp enough to cut through the net. As punishment for not letting her go, she shrank Kirill down so that he could learn what it is like to be small and helpless.
All Year Through for Cute You by Volha Melgaard is a really good story with a meaningful message behind it. This book teaches you that even though someone may be smaller or weaker than you, it doesn’t mean that you should bully them. After treating the fairy badly and ignoring her wishes to be set free, Kirill is punished and learns how it feels to be tiny and weak, just like she was. I believe that this is an important lesson all children should learn from a young age. The story itself was well written along with pretty and colorful illustrations which will hold the attention of a child reader. The moral is clear to the reader and I found this to be a wonderful children’s book.