Smorgasbord Children’ Reading Room – #Reviews – #Environment Paul Noel, #Adventure Annika Perry

Welcome to the Children’s Room update with some reviews for authors on the shelves

The first book today is by Paul Noel for Busy Bee and the Silent Spring

About the book

Silent Spring is a follow up to Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. In that story, Bea (Beatrice) and the inhabitants of the meadow fought off some developers who wanted to build houses all over it. In this second story the bees and many of the other creatures are starting to feel ill during the spring of that year. Some bees mention that there is a strange smell in the air, different to the normal ones that arrive with the season. Even though everything looks normal in the meadow to the people walking through it, there is an eerie silence and with Doctor Bee recommending to some of the songbirds that they rest their voices it is not hard to understand why.

The problem gets worse and some bees are found lost and confused and unable to fly so have to be rescued. Doctor Bee and her nurses become very busy treating the bumblebees, the solitary bees and many of the meadow’s other inhabitants that aren’t feeling well. On top of this all the pollinating of plants and making honey is falling behind.

None of the bees can think of what the problem might be until the resourceful Bea remembers the smell and organises with the queen and Wise Old Bee a team to search for the source. The bees discover that it is coming from the farm to the west, beyond the trees separating it from the meadow. With some special masks made by the bee engineers Bea’s team enter a dark barn to discover containers with the skull and cross bones on them plus some words they don’t understand and are too long to remember. No problem, each bee will remember a few letters each.

The bees organise a meeting of all the meadow’s inhabitants that can get there but nobody knows the meaning of the words. A fly suggests going to the village library to find out as one of the windows is always left slightly open. So one moonlit night ten bats and three owls carry the bees, some fireflies, the fly, a mouse, a discarded lighter and a tiny beeswax candle to the library where the bees learn the meaning of the words on the containers. It is very bad news. Warned by the foxes howling Bea and her team hastily leave the library leaving the tiny beeswax candle as a mystery to be solved along with some blurry photographs of the creatures returning to the meadow taken by a couple returning from the pub. These find their way to a local reporter who tries to tie together some very strange clues as to who was in the library. They all seem to point to something happening in Old Oak Meadow which has always been a very special place.

Meanwhile, back in the meadow, the inhabitants are preparing again to fight to save it. They will have to work together using all their skills and strengths. Will their plans thwart the evil farmer to the west? It will need the help of the organic farmer to the east of the meadow but how can they get him to help them?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mouse5.0 out of 5 stars A nice way to introduce pollution to my children Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2021

A great book to sit down and read through with the kids. The story is interesting enough for adults, but helps the children understand more about the world they live in. And judging by the amount of times we have read through it together my daughter is also a fan. A great read.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Paul Noël

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Blog: Paul Noel WordPressTwitter: @JunagarhMedia

The next book today with a recent review is Oskar’s Quest by Annika Perry.

About the book

Oskar is afraid of adventures. Yet one day he finds himself on a mysterious island which needs his help.Join Oskar on this unexpected and magnificent quest, where he finds not only courage but so much more…“It’s light, extremely enjoyable and very gripping.” Esther Chilton – author & editor.Perfect for ages 3 to 6.

A recent review for Oskar’s Quest

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and well written  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2021

Oskar is a ‘scaredy-bird’ and his preference to avoid adventure and stay safely in his nest has caused him to get lost on a strange island after separating from his friends in order to return home. On the island of Roda, Oskar befriends Bella, the red bell-flower. Bella is a sad little flower and Oskar soon learns that Maya, the happy songbird of Roda island has been taken by Drang, a dark cloud in the sky.

Oskar knows this won’t do and he undertakes to confront Drang and secure the release of Maya so that the island of Roda can be filled with music and happy again. Oskar soon learns that bravery is not a case of never feeling scared, it is doing something that must be done despite being scared.

Oskar’s Quest is beautifully illustrated with delightful colourful drawings which will appeal to any child. The well written story with its adventure and subtle message about bravery will ensure this story is a winner with both caregivers and children.  

Read the reviews and buy the book also in German: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Read the reviews and buy Annika’s books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Annika: Goodreads – blog: Annika PerryTwitter @AnnikaPerry68



27 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’ Reading Room – #Reviews – #Environment Paul Noel, #Adventure Annika Perry

  1. Lovely reviews, Sally. I’m so glad that children are learning about the importance of our ecosystem through stories. It’s something they will have to deal with when they grow up (or before then). Kudos to Paul. And I adored Annika’s book and Oskar’s bravery in making a new friend out of misunderstood Drang. Congrats to both authors on the super reviews.

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