* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.
Today’s great book: Cranberry Easter by Wende and Harry Devlin (1990, Aladdin Books)
The Authors’ FUN Website: http://www.harryandwendedevlin.com/
Time to Read: we read it just before bed
Summary: from the website…”Mr. Whiskers realizes something must be done, but what? Just when things look their worst, his young friend Maggie comes up with a plan that may save the egg hunt, and convince Seth that Cranberryport is the place for him after all!”
Best Quote from the Book: “Suffering codfish, Seth, these old folks are all alone. Somebody’s got to help. They need you!”
Our View: I am especially fascinated right now by what I like to call “kind-hearted books.” If there were ever a book that had kind-hearted characters in it, this would be the one – actually, the entire Cranberry series introduces us to a wonderful group of people. There is something special and rare about a children’s book that does not speak down to children and does not create only child characters, but instead offers a story that brings generations together and instills a respect and wonder for those around us. The illustrations are colorful and interesting and will easily capture the attention of children of all ages. From a sense of community to a sense of humor, Cranberry Easter weaves a tale of family and friends that will strike a familiar and hopeful chord with its readers.
Recipe Alert: This series also includes a great cranberry recipe in the back of each book!