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Walking Through a World of Aromas    by Ariel Andres Almada & Sonja Wimmer order for
Walking Through a World of Aromas
by Ariel Andres Almada
Order:  USA  Can
Cuento de Luz, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Annie is born blind but she doesn't let that deter her from living a full life. The little girl fills her days in her grandmother's kitchen, creating all sorts of delicious concoctions with herbs and spices. Over the years the child grows into a lovely young woman. Her special recipes and wonderful culinary creations help the townspeople overcome their physical and emotional ailments.

One day Annie meets Julian. Born at the same hospital just minutes before Annie, Julian was urged by his mother to seek Annie out. The young man has been overcome by lethargy for a long time and his mother hopes Annie might be able to work some of her magic with him.

The two young people begin to spend quite a bit of time together taking long walks and talking. At this point the girl's grandmother sees what is happening and tells Annie. 'Since you were a little girl, you've been able to see into other people's hearts. Maybe now it's time for you to start to look into your own, don't you think?'

Annie then realizes that she has found someone very special, someone who has awakened a boundless affection in her and someone who has introduced her to a new kind of feeling.

This heartwarming story with beautiful illustrations by Sonja Wimmer not only features a young person who overcomes her handicap but also one who finds true love in doing so. Appropriate for children five and older, the story of Annie also teaches an important lesson; if we set our minds to it, we can turn what we perceive as a weakness into a strength.

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