and The Magic of Appreciation

Poetry - Inspirational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2021
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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite

Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation written by Michal Y. Noah, Ph.D. and her daughter Loren Noah, and illustrated by Favreau, is an entertaining picture book in verse about how daily self-affirmations can positively impact your outlook on life. Focusing on the daily appreciation of different elements in his environment, Scamper, the ultra-positive squirrel, interacts with numerous aspects of his surroundings including the sky, both at night and during the day, flowers, trees and leaves, and a range of animals including a bee, a butterfly, a bunny, an ant, a dragonfly, and a ladybug. Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation shows how, by consciously focusing on being happy and content within oneself, one can come to embrace the world and all that it has to offer.

I love the positivity of Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation, and I feel that the words of Michal and Loren Noah are wise and well-grounded in the magical universe within which we live. The joyful content of the writing is expressed with fervor in the full-color, full-page illustrations of Favreau. The enthusiasm with which Scamper greets each day is bound to catch on with both children and adults, this being a picture book that is likely to become a treasured possession of any child. While small is beautiful, large is magnificent and awesome in this spiritually attuned world of wonder. The sincerity of the Noah writing duo's text effectively conveys the multidimensional aspects of life as it should be lived on a daily basis. There’s a lesson in here for us all and told in such a captivating and entrancing way that Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation, which is the seventh book in the series, is bound to wind its way into all our hearts.

Tammy Ruggles

Scamper and The Magic of Appreciation by Michal Noah and Loren Noah is an inspiring, thoughtful work of poetry and gratitude for children. Very young children will need it read to them aloud, and this is one book that would be just right to share at bedtime, given its lyrical flow and soothing rhythm. But these poems will also appeal to adults as well. Join Scamper the squirrel as he shows his gratitude for the little things, as well as the big things, from life itself to his own existence, and everything in between. The fact that he acknowledges that he can appreciate his own life opens the door for him to realize his inner power and how he can use it to fulfill his potential. This of course is the main message to little readers, which is good for both children and adults. This is a journey of the heart, and the authors have a warm way with words that makes you feel good. Children love feel-good poems and stories, and so do adults. When Scamper notices things around him and points them out, readers will notice too and carry it over into their world.

I love the authors' simple style. Children can memorize the lyrical lines and will enjoy the colorful illustrations, which are so lively and adorable. Especially young children will latch on to these poems, and will probably repeat some of the lines again and again, just like they do nursery rhymes. The friends that Scamper meets on each page are cute--the dragonfly is my personal favorite--and this will help children appreciate the friends they have and the nature that is around them when they go outside to play, take a walk with a parent, or go to the park. A lot of children can be selfish by nature, and this is understood, but this book will help them to think of others, to be empathetic, and most of all, feel thankful for the things in their little world. I like Noah's message that children can learn self-control, and can choose how to act, and can improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. Childhood can be a magical time, and Scamper and The Magic of Appreciation by Michal Noah and Loren Noah can be a part of it. It's a small book with a big message.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Scamper and The Magic of Appreciation by Michal Noah and Loren Noah is a collection of linear poetic narrative accompanied by colorful and inviting illustrations that depict several personalities. The main character is that of a squirrel named Scamper, who encounters along his day-filled journey a butterfly, a rabbit, the sun, and many more winsome creatures. The focus of the poetry is that of holding onto a sense of gratitude for all that is given to us and all that surrounds us. Scamper and The Magic of Appreciation feels as though it is the perfect story for the world to see and hear right now as the world takes its passengers on a new journey, much like Scamper.

Scamper and The Magic of Appreciation by Loren Noah and Michal Noah spoke to me on numerous levels. The somewhat meditative mantra that Scamper invites readers to take part in is something that I feel everyone, young and old alike, can add to their daily lives. The world as it is now could benefit greatly from such a small activity. Another facet that readily pulled at my heartstrings was the wonderful illustrations created by Favreau. The bright and colorful images were large and upfront in a way that I haven’t seen done in other children’s books, which brought about a sense of connection that truly immersed the reader in Scamper’s world. Michal Noah and Loren Noah are the perfect team that you’ll no doubt be hearing from again.

Joy Hannabass

Scamper has a secret, but he can't tell anyone. Not just yet. As we read this special book, we see so many things to love about Scamper. His happy attitude, his thankfulness, the way he enjoys the beautiful world around him. Whether it's day or night and whatever he comes upon, Scamper loves the sights and beauty around him and tells of each wonderful thing he sees. But what makes Scamper so grateful for the things around him? You will have to read Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation to find out. Scamper will tell you what to do every morning to drift off into your own magical world.

Michal Noah and Loren Noah wrote such a cute and special book. I love the way they so sweetly show Scamper's excitement and his love and gratefulness for his magical surroundings. Children are very special and I appreciate books such as this to encourage children to go beyond their limits and do things they want to do. Teach them while they are young and fearless, not afraid to try new things. And Chrissy Fanslau did such a beautiful job with the illustrations. They have just the right amount of vivid colors and perfect detail to give the story just what it needed. I read this book several times because I loved the story and the sweet pictures on each page. And isn't Scamper just the cutest squirrel ever? Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation by Michal Noah and Loren Noah is a must for every daycare and preschool class. And it's wonderful for your small child's library. I know your child will love Scamper as much as I do.

Samantha Gregory

Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation by Michal Noah and Loren Noah is the story of a fun-loving squirrel called Scamper who has a secret to being so happy. Every morning, he thinks of all the things he is thankful for in his life. He is thankful for the beauty of nature all around him and for his animal friends. By acknowledging these things every day, he starts the day in a good way and is happier for it. Told in rhyme, it is easy to understand and kids will be quick to learn the story and this could be useful if they are learning to read. The bright colours will make it attractive to younger children and a squirrel is great main character to have.

Michal Noah and Loren Noah have created a charming and fun book with Scamper and the Magic of Appreciation. It is a great book for young children to teach them the importance of gratitude and even mindfulness. The pictures included are simple but wonderfully drawn and they really help to tell the story as Scamper shows the reader his favorite things. They have created a great book for kids aged between 3 and 6 or so and I think this is a fun way to get them started with daily gratitude exercises. This way it will be second nature to them when they get older and they will automatically start their day with it. I think it could do well on the market and I would definitely recommend it.

Moin Nawaz

Michal Yahalomi a truly amazing kid's author of the world