Monday, March 15, 2010

Adventures in Mannaland

Adventures in Mannaland, written by Tony Durkin and Jo’Ann Zimmermann, is a collection of 12 short stories that take place in the fictitious place called Mannaland. According to the introduction, Mannaland is “a place where children have fun as they learn lessons and grow a little closer to the Lord. It is also a place where humans and animals all live together in peace and harmony as they feed on the fruits of the earth and God’s word.”

So, as you would expect, the animals can talk. Most of the stories involve human and animal interaction.

Each story incorporates the ideas in a Bible verse which is referenced at the end of the story (One story cites two verses.). The stories teach children about love, patience and helping each other, among other things.

Each story covers a two-page spread with a large picture and a paragraph on the left-hand page and a small picture and several paragraphs of print on the right-hand page. The painted illustrations, by Katie Wekall, are bright and vivid.

What I Like: I like the variety of stories and messages presented throughout the book.

What I Dislike: While the stories were written to teach children valuable lessons, they don’t have much substance. They are more like vignettes, rather than stories.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 2 -7, according to the authors, but I think 4 - 7.

Publisher Info: Xlibris Corp, 2008; ISBN: 1436345731; Hardcover, $17.49.

Buy now at $17.49.

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