3 out of 4 stars
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“In a forest where singing is king, it’s hard being a robin that can not sing.”
What do you do when you don’t fit in? How can you feel relevant when you are not like anyone else? The Robin That Could Not Sing is a children’s book by Dr. Raymond Dunn that teaches a valuable lesson about embracing your uniqueness. This 32-page story follows a young robin who was desperately trying to sing but to no avail. He was teased and ostracized, but his parents encouraged him and assured him he had a purpose. How could not being able to sing have a purpose? Read this lovely book and find out. You may be surprised—I was!
The colorful full-page illustrations by Lilian Barac were breathtaking. My favorite aspect of this book was turning the page to absorb the next brilliant picture. I read this book in paperback and e-book formats, and I actually preferred the e-book because the pictures filled the whole screen; there was nothing to distract you from the artwork. The pages expertly displayed the robins in their habitat, and our perturbed protagonist was identified easily by his special markings.
The writing had an easy cadence, and the words were few but conveyed the message well. This book will engage readers ten years old and under, and the adults sharing this story will also find gems. There was one particular scene that I cherished. Our poor little thrush was all alone and feeling frustrated; then he remembered the encouraging words his mother spoke to him. This was a reassuring reminder to adults that even though you cannot be with your child all the time, your affirming words will always be with them.
There was nothing I disliked about this well-written story, but regrettably, I must rate The Robin That Could Not Sing 3 out of 4 stars because of a technical issue.
I originally bought the Kindle version of this book. It comprised eleven pages, which was consistent with what Amazon advertised. Once I began reading, it was obvious this was not the complete book. I returned the e-book and purchased the paperback version which had the full story. Once this glitch is fixed, readers will be able to enjoy this charming book in either format. Until then, opt for the print version.
The Robin That Could Not Sing
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