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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Gleeson and Cormac: Why Do People Cry? by Molly O’Rourke gives young readers some valuable lessons through the story of Gleeson the frog and his friend, Cormac. It is a glorious day and Gleeson wants to do something. He calls his friend, Cormac, who lives in the nearby pond and who likes adventure. Cormac thinks it will be fun to explore the park and see what they can learn. They meet on the huge lily pad in Main Pond in the park. They start their adventure and the first thing they see is a lady sitting on a bench and crying. They find out that she is crying because she is very happy. They check the meaning of the word 'happy' in the dictionary and find out that sometimes people cry when they are happy. The different people they see crying make them realize that crying happens for different reasons and feelings.
I like the way the author has conveyed three messages which are useful and important to young readers: 1) people cry for different reasons, 2) to be thoughtful of others and treat people as you would like to be treated, and 3) helping someone makes the person feel better as well as making you feel better about yourself. The illustrations are wonderful and they give life to the story and characters. The story is educational and informative and makes learning and understanding easy and simple. I can’t wait for the next adventure of Gleeson and Cormac! I wonder what it will be like and what new lessons they will teach us.