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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Mushrooms come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. In the kingdom of mushrooms, known as Lamellia, there is even a big brown mushroom, who is revered as King Polipoli. Each mushroom in the kingdom of Lamellia has an important job. The ultimate goal is to protect the mushroom kingdom from predators, particularly humans who either eat the edible mushrooms or trample on the others.
One day, the head of the Lanterns mushrooms found a human baby crying by the river. There were no other humans around. Unsure what to do with a human baby, the head of the Lanterns called the other Lanterns to watch over the baby while he sought advice from the king. The mushrooms are ordered to bring the baby to the king, not an easy feat since the mushrooms have no means to carry a human baby. However, using creative ingenuity, they manage to lure the baby to follow them, crawling all the way to see King Polipoli. The king is captivated by this human baby and decides to adopt it, naming it Tiara.
Gloria D. Gonsalves’s colorful picture story book, Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms, is a charming fantasy tale that also teaches young readers about the different kinds of mushrooms in the forests. It also instills the important message about protecting one’s environment rather than doing random acts that might destroy it. There is a happily ever after theme to this educational story, one that will enchant readers young and old alike. A fascinating tale of a mushroom kingdom. Beautifully illustrated.