4 out of 4 stars
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Once upon a time, there was a perpetually sunny land of carousels and rollercoasters, where visitors could experience a destination filled with free treats, toys, and friendship for all. Each starlit night, there is a sweet little girl named Emilia Rose who transforms into “a mystic with magical powers” and travels to this imaginary dream place called LiaLand. Emilia Rose and the rainbow adventure is a unique children’s book by Dr. Debra Ford, Msc.D. It is also the first book in The adventures of Emilia Rose and the LiaBots series. With this collection of kid-centric tales, Dr. Ford seeks to create spiritual stories for children that are based on Connection, Balance, and Flow – the three key principles of the Tao (pronounced Dow).
In LiaLand, Emilia Rose frolics joyfully amidst a group of 8 representational LiaBots. Each one of these entities has been assigned a unique name that corresponds with whichever one of the 8 trigrams (building blocks of nature) it is meant to represent. For example, Glow is red and represents fire, while Puff is blue and moves like the wind. The LiaBots resemble miniature penguins, and the 4 female characters come accessorized with tiny bows.
The LiaBots help the girl solve mysteries, and they possess the ability to hover and fly. When Emilia Rose seeks to discover the origin of rainbows, off they go like busy bees on a mission. During their quest, they must travel through ‘NOLand,’ a dreadful place of early bedtimes and grumpy grown-ups. They also infiltrate a flock of geese and a gossipy group of birds before finally discovering the emanation point of the colored arcs in question.
This 45-page story features 19 full-page watercolor illustrations, and I greatly enjoyed the radiant conclusion to the tale. While the author wrote this tale especially for her granddaughter, she urges parents and guardians to consider substituting their own child’s name into the story, so that an even greater sense of personalization may be achieved. Kids will likely giggle at the word “brouhaha” and find the idea of wrinkly adults comical. For the adult readers, the book concludes with an informational appendix that explains more about the SolePath Institute, the Tao, and each of the associated trigrams.
As a spiritual philosophy teacher, Dr. Ford strongly endorses spiritual mysticism and spiritual balance. For readers who are hesitant to embrace the idea of yin-yang concepts and metaphysical teachings (as they relate to life’s ultimate journey), I would probably not recommend this one. There was nothing at all I disliked about this sweet story, and I feel this title makes an excellent junior companion to one of Dr. Ford’s earlier books: Daily Pulse, rhythm of the Tao.
Themes of teamwork, bravery, perseverance, and curiosity are woven throughout, and the content is appropriate for toddlers and beyond. This book would be great for intuitive learners, especially those who love to inject a little bit of fantasy and magic into their imaginative meanderings! I recently read an earlier copy of this book and encountered several errors. After it underwent a quick revision, I was asked to re-evaluate the updated PDF version, and I can confirm that a complete and comprehensive list of corrections was successfully made. I can now gladly award this book 4 out of 4 stars. If you’ve ever dreamed of hosting fanciful tea parties, where the guests wear magic glasses and are partial to lemon-chocolate cookies, then this is the right rainbow book for you!
Emilia Rose and the rainbow adventure
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