A Sallamong's Story ペーパーバック – 2014/10/2
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This is the story of an endearing creature who is thrown into turmoil when drought strikes his island and home life becomes strained. With the help of his grandmother, playing with his friends and special traditions, he manages to find happiness and confidence again. But then - he has to face a new, different challenge. He's become old enough to shed his skin for the very first time - and he wants to do it for all the benefits it will bring - but he's terrified. What will happen if he sheds it? Will he still be himself? His life changes forever when he comes to the astonishing realization that no matter what skin he's in or what happens in his life, deep down he will always be himself. This short chapter book with watercolor illustrations is designed to speak to both the minds and hearts of 6- to 10-year-old children, as well as older folk who are young at heart. With its profound underlying message and catchy rhyme and song, this book can be a great support to anyone, particularly when times are tough.
The story is very cute. A little green Sallamong is starting to grow up. The struggles he encounters are easily relate-able to real life. For my kids the subject matter was a little beyond their life experiences right now. (My kids are 4 and 7.) I am always a fan of stories that make use of the caterpillar to butterfly life cycle. I feel that is such a great metaphor for growing and changing and all kids understand that the butterfly is that caterpillar (their core stays the same) only "grown up."
One small criticism I have is that I feel the story could have been broken into two, with the part about the drought expanded upon as a separate storyline. I like the shed the skin and start to grow up as one story, and family stresses about outside the home influences turned into a second story in the series. It does all work together as a story of increasing stressors to add to Santos' mental anguish about changes in his little life. Overall, great story: good imagination, easily relate-able to real life, cute little guy, and nice "reader" format. I'm going to ask my older daughter to break it into even smaller chunks so we can read it together again as a learning tool.
See more at: http://modern-moms-life.blogspot.ca/2015/12/a-sallamongs-story-childrens-book-review.html
Santos is a 10-year-old Sallamong, and is how a normal 10-year-old Sallamong is expected to be – cute, naughty, adorable and thinks the world of his parents and grand parents. Now at the age of 10, Sallamongs shed their skin. Santos has mixed feelings of shedding. The story is about how a child handles a conflicting matter and how the adults around children should handle such conflicts efficiently.
The story is beautifully illustrated with a colourful, wonderful drawing at every page. These drawings help imagine and picture the happenings of the story very nicely. The words are really easy to understand, which kids can try to read themselves too. The family bonding shown in the story is really cute. “Green glow” of pride of the grandparents in the end is just beautiful.
Since everything is mentioned, I have to mention that the printing quality of the book is unparalleled. The cover page drawing is very catchy. The paper quality is beautiful. The shine of the pages and smoothness is another thing that drove me to read it so soon. Very light yet very nicely done. The book is a complete package.
This is a really cute book as it brings up many issue kids struggle with. While it can be a fun book to read out loud for advanced readers, this book can be turned into a great conversation starter between you and your kids.
I am very happy with this book. My 12 year old enjoyed the topic and my 8 year old will be reading it next. It is always fun to have advanced readers with fun illustrations. This book is great.
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