The Legend of Honey Hollow
Ovation, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Deb Kincaid
he Legend of Honey Hollow
is the first book of the
series. The book's themes are: (1) greedy humans and businesses are polluting the earth, destroying habitats, and killing animals; (2) that even typically powerless people (like children) can do something to prevent it; and (3) if we all work together we can restore the damage before it's too late.
sing a cast of likeable bear characters - each one a different species - author Jeanne McNaney tells the stories of Grendel, Mackenzie, Fernando, and Ming Yi, who were all displaced from their homes due to greedy human actions, but who work together with loggers' kids to stop the destruction and restore the loveliness of Honey Hollow.
he illustrations, beautifully created by David Cochard, are colorful, imaginative, and expressive. Sadly, the text doesn't work nearly so well. Such inspiring themes, but no joy of language that kids this age love. No musicality! The writing is dry, the sentences too lengthy. Even a story with a serious message needs liveliness. Still, I love the concept and the characters. If McNaney improves her craft, I feel the
books could be
gems inspiring little future stewards of the planet.
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