Nathan and Nana Cassandra Take the Lead

Children - Coming of Age
32 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2019
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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite

Nathan and Nana Cassandra Take the Lead, written by Karen Gorback and illustrated by Vova Kirichenko, is a lead by example children’s story. At the dinner table, Nathan, Nana and the rest of the family swap stories about everything they have been doing, then Nana tells them something new. She informs the family that reading time at the library has been canceled. Nathan and Nana go to the library to find out how they can help. Why did the library stop having story time for the kids? Can someone fill in so the kids can still enjoy their story time at the library? How can Nana and Nathan take the lead and help get story time going again?

I loved Nathan and Nana Cassandra Take the Lead with its plot full of positive concepts dealing with leading by example and volunteering your time for good causes. I love how the characters care so much about story time that they wind up getting more involved instead of simply asking around for help. The illustrations by Vova Kirichenko fill every page with a beautiful display of images that tell the story as smoothly as the words on the pages. The positive messages in Nathan and Nana Cassandra Take the Lead are discussed in such an easy to follow way that kids can actually use this book as they learn how to read for themselves. I recommend this story to anyone with children and hope to see more stories by Gorback with Nathan and Nana setting more examples for the kids who read about them.