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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The world was absolutely perfect and delightful for the little girl Mimi-Lu but one day something terrible happened and the perfect world Mimi-Lu knew went away. It was gone for days, weeks, and months. One day something fluttered by and three purple butterflies began circling around Mimi-Lu's black hair. One landed on the tip of her nose and, as they danced around her, Mimi-Lu began to smile. The butterflies and Mimi-Lu began to sway together, moving forward. They halted when they reached the edge of a forest. Mimi-Lu entered the Redwood forest. Every tree claimed to be the tallest until she came to a tree that seemed to have a light of its own. What does the tree tell Mimi-Lu that changes her life forever?
The Day The Perfect Went Away by Arielle Fox is a magical story that encourages children to look to nature for inspiration to find hope, light, and strength during difficult times. Her watercolor paintings are as whimsical as the story and will enchant the reader with their color and radiance. The book is a good one to use for storytelling sessions in classrooms and homes to help children appreciate the beauty and hidden strength of trees. The story will help readers see how Mimi-Lu is awe-struck while looking at the height of the Redwood trees and their determination to grow tall and strong.