The Mango Seed Doll

KayLynne & Salon Positive Thinking

Children - General
40 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2019
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Author Biography

Learning to replace negative thoughts with positivity changed Karlene J. Froling, author of The Mango Seed Doll and CEO of Kay’s Heart, LLC.

She was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica to Stanley and Ivy Brown. In 2003, she migrated to the United States, where she currently lives with her husband, two young energetic and creative sons and a daughter with a wild imagination.

While Karlene loved the arts, she never imagined she could live her dream as an artist. She just did not see herself as talented enough.

“I can” and “I am good enough” were her affirmations as she wrote and published her first children’s book.

She writes the books she wants her kids, and all the kids she knows to read. Books that will counteract negative influences, that are fun and that remind children how perfectly IMPERFECT they are!

Now, with a family of her own, Karlene enjoys writing, speaking about self-acceptance, inclusion and diversity, reading to her little girl, motivating and supporting upcoming entrepreneurs, watching movies, and quiet times with her family and friends.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Mango Seed Doll by Karlene J. Froling is the story of Salon who was born in a tree covered by leaves, and hung there with her brothers and sisters. She was removed from the tree when she was big enough and placed on a tray with others. Salon was no longer a part of the tree now but was still inside her cocoon. Inside the cocoon she was covered by a firm yellow-orange pulp that could be eaten. They were all removed from the tray and placed in a basket. Salon waited nervously in the basket, wondering what would become of her. She was finally removed from her cocoon and left on a bench. The sun felt good. A little girl, KayLynne, picked her up from there and named her Salon. She took Salon home, gave her a makeover and made her look like a doll.

The story tackles the topic of acceptance, tolerance, self worth, and friendship in a very unique and creative way. The illustrations by the author are lively, imaginative, colorful, and breathe life into the story. I like the way she created a character out of a mango seed and gave it a personality of its own. The Mango Seed Doll is an excellent book for storytelling and read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries because of the wonderful messages it conveys, and parents can use it at home for bedtime storytelling and reading sessions. I am sure children will be encouraged to create their own mango seed doll after reading this story. I am planning to make one, and I think you should too!