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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Shiloh and Dande the Lion is a picture book for children written by author Ciara L. Hill and illustrated by Christian Krabbe. A bright and colorful read which encourages its young readers to “Embrace diversity, accept others, and courageously be yourself!”, this is a work that can be used as a read-along or as a great starter book for independent readers to enjoy. The story focuses on Shiloh, a young boy who finds that he is bullied in his new school because of his skin color. When Shiloh makes a wish in his garden, Dande the Lion arrives to teach him about the wonders of diversity, and help him find his inner strength.
Author Ciara L. Hill and illustrator Christian Krabbe have come together to create something truly beautiful. This is a wonderful journey from cover to cover, filled with positive messages and enlightening ideas that will help the target audience to really understand some of the big issues about diversity from an early age, and in simple terms. The different creatures, bold use of color, and chunky art style work really well to give strong visual engagement for readers, and Hill’s storyline keeps us following a magical fantasy story, weaving its subtle lessons in along the way. Nothing feels overdone or lecture-like, but the book is filled with learning and respect from top to toe. Overall, Shiloh and Dande the Lion is a book that every child from every background ought to own and read: a truly special find.