This animal adventure includes finding friendship in unlikely places.
In Awesome Friendship Adventures: Return of the Golden Feather, orphaned Arthur the parrot is blessed with a special golden feather. All the other animals believe the golden feather grants their wishes, making Arthur a popular and wealthy bird. When Evil Hawk steals the gold feather, Arthur begins a journey that will teach him he’s worth more than a feather. Perhaps he’ll even find friends and a ‘family’ he never had.
Arthur’s adventure to retrieve his gold feather unites unlikely new friends. There are several different themes wrapped in this main storyline. The characters are animals, introducing a unique and interesting setting. This also allows for very unlikely partnerships between animals that are normally adversaries, such as a hamster and a snake.
The story unfolds at a good pace and builds to a satisfying ending. All the while, new friendships blossom and the animals’ wishes come true through their unified effort.
At one point, it seemed like Arthur was developing an attraction to another bird (Alyssa). It seemed out of place for this target audience (age 6-8), but that story never progressed into anything more than the friendship.
Colorful illustrations are included within the short chapters and will help fledgling readers visualize the characters. The story stands on its own even without illustration. The writing is suitable for early readers and the length is not overwhelming at 39 pages long. Sentences are generally simple and the words are fundamental, with a few larger words sprinkled within. The 4,500 words of Awesome Friendship Adventures are broken into short chapters.
I chose to read a complimentary version of this book from the author. This review is my honest opinion.
Katy Ant started writing books at the age of nine and never stopped, eventually earning a BA in Journalism. After nineteen years of writing, she realized her real passion was writing for kids and finally decided to publish her first children's book. Ms. Ant co-founded a publishing house named Little Panda Publishing. You can contact her by e-mail HERE.
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Shirley Alarie began writing adult and children's books to benefit two causes she loves. 'Hope in the Hood' portrays the incredible story of Colleen Adams providing hope and help to disenfranchised inner-city youth. 'A Healing Haven' showcases the amazing work of Shawn Jayroe and her incredible volunteers at RVR Horse Rescue. Children's books 'A New Friend for Gilbert' and the Dominick the Donkey 2-part series are based on real animals and events at RVR. Now Shirley writes for Jesus - including children's books, her FindingGodAmongUs blog, and as a Christian adult and children's book reviewer. Sign up to receive reviews of hot-off-the-press Christian and Children's releases. Need a freelance writer? Check her out.