4 out of 4 stars
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Wesley Weasel Forgives Whitney is a children’s picture book by Aphina Mawo. It is Book #4 in the Lessons from the Jungle series. Wesley is a young weasel whose fur looks different from the other weasels in the jungle. Unfortunately, this makes him the target of mean-spirited teasing by Whitney, another young weasel. She constantly makes fun of Wesley in every way imaginable – the way he looks, walks, and talks. Of course, this makes Wesley very sad. The plot thickens when Whitney finds herself in danger.
I enjoyed this well-written story which contains universal lessons about forgiveness and kindness. The author effectively shows how these values have been instilled in the main character by his mother. There is also an interesting twist that heightens the suspense.
The author should be applauded for crafting an entertaining story featuring a weasel. This might spark a child’s interest in learning more about this unique animal. Actually, I found myself looking up facts about weasels after finishing the book.
Young children would find this story easy to understand. There are a few advanced words (e.g. – “erupted”), but the vocabulary is somewhat simple, for the most part. I also like the way the text is displayed inside pale-colored shapes. This format would help children focus on the words rather than the surrounding pictures.
The colorful illustrations tie in nicely with the plot. As for the text, the font is a bit lackluster for a children’s story. It looks like a standard font commonly used in adult books and doesn’t seem like a good fit with the vibrant artwork.
This book has earned a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It's an interesting read with a valuable moral. The story is edited well; I spotted only one minor error. I would recommend it to children ages 4-8, due to the short length and simple storyline. The book would particularly appeal to kids who enjoy stories that showcase unusual animals. Parents or teachers could read it aloud and discuss the major themes.
On a side note, I want to mention a correction and slight mystery regarding the exact title of the book. First, there is a typo in one of the words in the title on the OBC list of review books – it should be “Wesley Weasel” instead of “Weasley Weasel.” Also, it’s unclear in what order the first two words should be in. On Amazon, the title is “Wesley Weasel Forgives Whitney,” but the copyright page in the book shows it as “Weasel Wesley Forgives Whitney.” To make things more confusing, the word sequence is unclear as displayed on the cover. I decided to use the title that is stated on Amazon. This way it would be easier to do an Amazon search if someone is interested in the book.
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