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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Willow Paradise by Robert E. Friedle is a 4th to 6th-grade children’s story. Life now is so very different from life then. In 1965, we didn’t have computers, phones, tablets or video games. We had to use what we were born with – our imaginations – and we found our entertainment in lots of different ways. At 10 years old, Bob loved to play outside, hiking through the woods, exploring, and Willow Paradise is where it was all at. But not everything goes smoothly and Bob finds his own misadventures. In Willow Paradise, Bob shares his stories with us, stories of adventure, misadventure, and time with his family and friends. Enter Willow Paradise and you will never want to leave again.
Willow Paradise by Robert. E. Friedle is a fascinating read. It feels like you are reading a true-life account and I guess for many, that’s what it is. It is a fun story but it is more than that. There are some life lessons to be learned, including how to share, how to practice patience and how to love. Summers then were much different from summers now, when kids prefer to stay glued to their phones or computers. Then, the outdoor life was what it was all about and kids couldn’t wait to spend the day exploring. I daresay some of today’s generation simply won't understand that there WAS life before technology, an enjoyable life at that, but hopefully this book will open their eyes to the wonders that exist outside. This was an easy read, very enjoyable, and it transports you back in time to when life was so much simpler ... when the only decision you made was which path to take through the forest. This is a great book for all ages and I think adults will enjoy it as much, if not more than kids will.