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Mrs. Spring's Garden (Critter Collection)

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Editorial Book Review: by Kate Benzin

In Mrs. Spring’s Garden, Carole P. Roman weaves a captivating tale of friendship and cooperation. The book is beautifully illustrated by Leen Roslan. This delightful children’s bug and spider book not only showcases the enchanting world of garden insects but also imparts a valuable lesson about setting aside differences for a greater cause.

The story revolves around two unlikely friends, Worm and Snail, two inhabitants of Mrs. Spring’s Garden, who each consider the other a mortal enemy. When their lush garden home faces a dire threat, the two creatures must find a way to collaborate, despite their supposed differences, to save it. This central theme of teamwork and unity is artfully interwoven with elements of adventure and suspense, keeping young readers engaged from start to finish.

Carole P. Roman skillfully develops the storyline in a way that is easy for children to follow. The pacing maintains a sense of excitement while also allowing moments of reflection. As the plot unfolds, we see Worm and Snail evolve from calling each other nasty names toward mutual respect and understanding. The author’s portrayal of their character development shows young readers the value of open-mindedness and the power of friendship in overcoming challenges.

The charming illustrations by Leen Roslan’s vibrant and whimsical artwork complement the narrative, bringing the garden and its inhabitants to life. Each page is a visual feast, perfectly capturing the personalities and emotions of the characters. The clever use of colors and details in the illustrations adds depth to the storytelling, making it a joyful experience for both children and adults.

What truly sets Mrs. Spring’s Garden apart is its ability to convey important life lessons in an entertaining manner. The theme of bridging gaps between perceived adversaries to address a common threat is subtly woven into the fabric of the story. Young readers are not only introduced to the fascinating world of bugs and spiders but also learn about empathy, cooperation, and the significance of looking beyond stereotypes.

In conclusion, "Mrs. Spring’s Garden" is a delightful children’s book that effortlessly combines a heartwarming tale of friendship with the wonders of the natural world. Carole P. Roman’s skillful storytelling and Leen Roslan’s captivating illustrations make this book a joy to read for children and parents alike. With its valuable life lessons and engaging narrative, Mrs. Spring’s Garden is a valuable addition to any young reader’s bookshelf, encouraging them to embrace diversity, cooperation, and compassion in their lives.

About the Author Carole P. Roman Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.

Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.

She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.

Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.

Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.

She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.

Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the 'mother of reinvention.' She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.


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