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Over in the Woodland: A Mythological Counting Journey -Nicole Abreu & Shar Abreu, Susanna Covelli (illustrations)

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★★★★★

Over in the Woodland,
where the mythic creatures roam…

A little griffin travels through a magical woodland during twilight – he flies past all sorts of creature families as they get ready for night.

…in the glimmer of the sun,
Lived a bright father phoenix and his little phoenix one.

From unicorns to dragons to cyclops to centaurs the little griffon counts.

…in a lush, leafy heaven,
Lived a spry mother fairy and her little fairies seven.

Until…he gets back to his griffon mom and snuggles in for the night!

Ahhh. This one was just so cute that I couldn’t STAND it.

As a HUGE fan of anything magical – this book was an absolute hit.

I loved the rhyming scheme, the gentle cadence of the words and the sheer variety in magical creatures.

One thing that really stood out to me is that all the families in this book were single parents.

Now, this could just be an artistic choice but at the same time, I really appreciated that it showed so many different creature-families, each headed by either a dad or a mom.

I feel like there are SO many mommy-daddy-and-me books or even mommy-and-me ones out there…but how many show daddy-and-me?

Those families exist and I love how they are being portrayed in this book. I love how Familius publishes so many inclusive books.

And – this goes without saying – but the illustrations are fantastical. Seriously. This illustrator blew me out of the water.

The sheer creativity, the gorgeous colors, the high caliber level of detail – it brought this book to a brand new level.

I honestly want a second copy just so I can frame some of those images – they are that beautiful.

All in all – I really think this book is going to be a classic. I have read it twice through already and want to go through once again to just look at those pictures.

A huge thank you to Familius Publishing and Nicole Abreu for sending a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Interested in this one from Nicole Abreu, Shar Abreu and Susanna Covelli? Buy it here:  Amazon

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