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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sevi's Story is an adventure storybook for children written by Tiana Chavez and illustrated by Anna Leliwa. Everybody loves Saturday and the adventures that day can bring! Sevi woke up with a smile when her mom roused her on Saturday morning. It was Art Day, and Sevi couldn’t wait to wake up her brother, Cambo, so he could also get ready for their trip to the art museum. Sevi was annoyed at having to wait while her mom adjusted her leg brace, but her mom reminded her that it would make her leg stronger. She also wasn’t too keen about the new eyeglasses she would have to wear. Sevi was worried that they’d make her look funny, but then she noticed how pretty a pink they were and at the museum, she also discovered that they were really quite magical.
Tiana Chavez’s adventure storybook for children is based on her own children, Sevi and Cambo, “to showcase their courage and devotion to each other” and it does so in marvelous fashion. The reader follows the two children as they wander around in an art museum and have fantastic adventures based on the paintings they see. As the story progresses, you can sense Cambo’s concern for his sister and share in his delight at seeing her run free and strong. Anna Leliwa’s illustrations work perfectly with the story. Each panel is beautifully tinted and brings the story to life, especially Sevi and Cambo. This story introduces kids to aspects of others which may seem different, such as glasses or a leg brace, and it affirms that those differences really don’t matter. The story also uses a font that is designed to help dyslexic readers read more easily, and it contains an informative page that shows how dyslexic font works by focusing on the 9 features that differentiate it from plain text. Sevi’s Story is most highly recommended.