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Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite
Val is a young boy living with his mother; his father is gone. In the woods near his home, he meets a giant spruce tree. Spruce, the giant Sitka spruce, is steadfast; his roots are planted deep in the earth just as his values are planted deep in his spirit. Their friendship matures and endures until the time of Spruce’s death. The story combines real life intertwining with the fantasy world and takes place in Wonder Woods. In the fantasy world, a near-fatal rafting trip happens when Val and his cousins are rescued by an Indian chief. Big Chief Yellow Bird is like an angel who appears when Val and his cousins are in danger or in need of guidance in Wonder Woods. There is an adventure, danger, death, grief, disappointment. Val meets new friends along the way - his frog, Croaker, Spruce, the tree, his dog, Thor, and many more! Join Val and his friends on an adventure as they solve problems and accomplish great tasks.
Carol Smith's Tales of Wonder Woods is a children's fantasy story full of adventure. Smith's writing is interlaced with great educational facts such as how trees filter the air for us to breathe, how to protect ourselves in a forest fire, and lots of other great information and entertainment for young minds. This is a brief children's adventure story that is sure to grab and keep your young one's attention. A story full of heroic acts and bravery, this is a story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.