Ozette is a rare white squirrel (such creatures do exist in real life and are not albinos) who is blamed for all of the problems in the forest that cause the wildlife to lose more and more of their home. She's blamed because she's different. Her beloved grandmother urges her to leave and find a new place to live because it is no longer safe for her in their forest. The little white squirrel sets out and ultimately finds herself in the magical country of Farlandia, a place full of wildlife and mystical creatures who become her friends. She moves from lonely little squirrel all alone in the world, to a much loved friend of elves and wildlife along with unicorns and other creatures.
Throughout the book Ozette has interesting adventures with her new friends and, in their own way, each serves as a positive lesson for children.
Pierce's gift for telling a tale also includes some humor that will appeal to adult readers with references to things that the little ones might not understand but will still amuse them.
This is obviously the first book in the series. I was lucky enough to read an early draft of the book and reading the finished book is a treat. The Tales from Farlandia above the title hints at more to come. Sure this book leaves you wanting more. And as an added bonus, at the end, Pierce has created and tested recipes for the treats mentioned in the book.
|Author Judy Pierce|
Buy it for the child in your life or the child in yourself.
Note: I received no compensation for this review other than a review copy of the book.