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Ken the Keeper: Gnat & Corky Series by Courtney Kotloski is the second book in this series. Readers are introduced to nine-year-old Ken who is the keeper of animals and all things great and small. All animals go to him seeking happiness, and they speak with no words. They talk about their travels, how one lost its way, and how something led them to Ken's Happy Animals Club. A day in Ken's hands and the animals begin to heal. Every animal is a gift; the dog is a champion of friendship and loyalty, and every creature has something in them. Ken is the keeper and the mender of the animals till they are all ready to leave.
This beautiful story celebrates the spirit of children and is definitely a book for all animal lovers. The watercolor illustrations by Natalie Sorrentino are magical and colorful, and they bring the concept alive and make it palpable for young readers. Ken's mission to rescue animals, give them good care, and find them good homes is laudable and will encourage children to be selfless, compassionate, and helpful. This entire series is uplifting and will motivate children to engage in good, healthy, and positive activities in their life.
Like the rest of the books in this series, this book is also good for read aloud and story telling sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and is perfect for parents to read out to their children to show that they can make a difference in their circle of friends, society, country, and world by being kind and good.