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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Once Upon a Memory by Lina Laden starts with a couple of pages of a precious little boy and adorable critters when a feather blows through a window, taking the little boy on a fantasy journey with his curiosity having him wonder about what he sees and asking many questions. Even though there are not a lot of words in this book, the story can be clearly understood with the few words and the adorable and fantastic illustrations by Renata Liwska.
Does a feather remember it was once.....a bird?
Does a book remember it was once.......a word?
Does a chair remember it was once....a tree?
Or how about a cake remembering it was once a grain?
Author Lina Laden writes the sweetest story for little ones and Ms. Liwska gives young readers the most precious pictures throughout the book that will keep them coming back for more and more of these adorable critters. I love the pastel colors and the way the little boy and the animals are created. I think they bring the book to life, clearly showing each unique personality. My 5-year-old niece dearly loves this book. She has memorized the words and makes up her own little story as she looks at each page. I love when children can use their imagination and make up their own fantasy, and this book really gives them that opportunity. This is a book that I really recommend for all parents to add to their child's library. You will not be disappointed with Once Upon a Memory.