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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Labyrinth - Thomas Weck & Peter Weck & Len DiSalvo



Released August 2012

Len DiSalvo
Lima Bear Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

When Princess Belinda Bean's father decides to hand over his throne to his daughter, Mean 'ol Bean is not happy. He comes up with a dastardly plan to lure the new queen into a magic garden hidden away in a labyrinth. Once he lures her to the garden, he plans to leave here there forever. Will the small L. Joe Bean be able to save the queen from this impending doom?

The Labyrinth is part of the Lima Bear series by father and son team Thomas and Peter Weck. The story focuses on jealousy creating a great lesson for kids to learn. The story is engaging, some parts rhyme while others don't, and then certain works are highlighted. It wasn't until I reached the end of the book that I understood why some words appear in different colors or fonts.

The Lima Bear stories include an "Extend the Learning" and "Activities" section after the story. The authors focus attention on the G-sounds children find while reading. In this case, words like "garden" have the hard G, while others like "vegetable" have a soft G. This book helps children start to recognize the difference. Other activities and lessons help parents discuss the use of illustrations to capture the story, learning about wind and its effect, and a "design your own path" activity.

This really is an excellent story with colorful, enjoyable illustrations. Look for The Labyrinth this August.

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