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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Farmer Ken is wondering why his animals are scared and he comes up with an idea to fix it. The farm animals do not know what he is up to and they are all curious. He comes back in a trailer after a while and the animals wonder whether it is a pig or a goat or any other farm friend for them. He brings home Waffles and introduces him to the rest of the animals. The animals are baffled because Waffles does not look like any of them. He tells them that he is a donkey. The animals introduce themselves to Waffles and one by one they tell him what they can do and what their strengths are. What can Waffles do and will he fit in with the rest of the farm animals?
Waffles Saves the Day by Emily Powers highlights the power of being different, acceptance, tolerance, and kindness. Emily Allen conveys the author's concept and messages to young readers with her charming illustrations that breathe life into the animals and give them each a personality of their own. It is a beautiful book for classroom storytelling because children are all different and this story will help them accept others for what they are and celebrate their uniqueness. The topic of bullying is also handled very subtly, making this book perfect for parents and tutors to read out loud to children and help them realize how everyone is blessed with some unique trait that makes them special and different from each other.