SYNOPSIS:Have you ever seen a sheep standing tiptoe on the ears
of a very tall giraffe while a crowd looks on and cheers?
And have you seen an owl helping them to tug
a rainbow from the sky, like a multi-colored rug?
This is the story of Mala the rhino who can’t help feeling blue after her friend moves away. Her friends, an owl, a sheep and a not-so-humble giraffe get together with sun and create a crazumptious plan to show Mala that blue is as beautiful as all the other colors. This colorful story of friendship, love and loss will delight children while encouraging them to embrace their emotions in a healthy way.
MY THOUGHTS: Amanda Jayne has crafted her book in order to explain that all feelings are okay to have. I understand her intention and her intentions are good. However, if I am interpreting her correctly, blue is representative of depression. If that is correct, I would have liked to see more help for the rhino. She needed someone (animal or human) to give her better guidance. In this way, I felt the story was muddled.
Even younger readers, who will enjoy the multi-colored scenes, need to know that resources- fictional or not- are available when they feel blue. Perhaps I am overcomplicating the story. But, when we get into these types of topics, it’s a very fine line. Children already know how to be sad. It’s overcoming sadness that children need to be advised in.
Amanda Jayne did start off strong in the first several pages when our rhino’s friend moves away. That is a relatable subject that could have moved into different, realistic ways that Mala’s friends could have helped. Just because they are animals doesn’t mean that they can’t impact readers. If you go about it as simply a colorful children’s book, it’s a decent story. But, if you are looking for ways to help a child who is sad or depressed even, then a different book may be for you. I give it 3 stars.
*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review all opinions are mine
**Pic & Synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.