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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Colorful and filled with interesting characters, Kay Roberts's Forever Evergreen tells the story of nature in a way that will delight children. The young reader meets unusual and fun-loving characters — Red, Missy, Indigo, Relly, Hayden, and Leah — and their adventure with nature. We meet them at the old oak tree located in Geranium Circle as they play Hide And Go Seek (a game my kids love to play, even in the small space of their room). Young Red ignores the rumors that Enchanted Goshawk Garden is a dangerous place to be by making an adventure of it. The interaction with the different trees is fascinating, but when he gets wounded and is almost in despair, will Mother Nature help him recover?
I always love to read children’s books with my kids (ages 5 and 7) and how well they enjoy the books reflects the author’s gift for entertaining young readers. My kids loved the characters in this story and when we were done reading, I asked them: “Did Red do anything wrong?” My five-year-old daughter responded fast: “He didn’t have to go to that frightful place.” I smiled. This is a timely book for children, a book that shows them how nature is a friend we need to treat with love and respect. The writing is accessible and the beautiful illustrations skillfully done. The images of characters include birds, strange creatures, and a cornucopia of natural elements. The story has a powerful moral lesson, one delivered in a way that kids can understand. It is a tale of forgiveness, love, and compassion. Forever Evergreen is one of those books that should be a welcome Christmas gift for children.