4 out of 4 stars
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Elizabeth’s Garden is an emotional children’s book written by Phillip Leighton-Daly. It is a coming-of-age story of young Elizabeth plotted in the early 1800s.
Elizabeth loses her father to the river pirates when she is very young. A Christian missionary helps her and her mother. Elizabeth gets over her pain and gets involved in social service and uplifting other children who are unfortunate like her. She makes it her motive to grow and cook food for the people at the missionary so that no one is hungry. Her sole purpose in life is to get justice for her father and rehabilitate as many children as possible.
What I liked most about this book is the way the author has portrayed the lead character Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a young girl who is full of vigor and life. With the death of her father, her childhood abruptly ends. Yet, she braces life and emerges out stronger. She dares to stand up against injustice and raise her voice. The author has done a remarkable job describing the difficult conditions during the 1800s, when pirates, floods, and lack of proper laws made life miserable. This book is about the sacrifice of a young girl who always puts others before herself.
There is nothing that I disliked about this book. The book imparts hope and courage to those who read it. It tells us the importance of helping others. It also encourages us to always stand up for what is right and never shun away from truth and reality.
This book is well-written and professionally edited. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. The content in the book is quite mature and sometimes portrays the darker side of humanity. Due to this, I recommend the book to young adults above the age of 14 years. The language in the book is quite advanced, which will help young readers broaden their vocabulary.
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