Mindy Magee finished lunch, gathered her beach chair and some books, found her favorite spot under a shade tree by the lake, and began to read. After a few minutes, she nodded off to sleep. A chilling breeze and an odd sound awakened her. In front of her was a large golden bird who introduced himself to her and extended an invitation to a party from Princess Min of the land of Zot. Should she go? Will it be dangerous? What will she tell her parents? Would she be able to return?
The story demonstrates the wonder of imagination, the lure of curiosity, and the power of a positive outlook on life. The plot and characters provide ample topics and situations for meaningful thought and discussion.
9 to 12
8 to 10
This book is a “buy” for a bedtime reading selection and/or for a read aloud book for the classroom.
In addition to writing a great story, the author gives the reader ample opportunity to reflect/discuss questions about family, friends, personal responsibility, curiosity, and power of a positive outlook on life.
This is a simple and imaginative adventure story. The plot is interesting and quick paced. The characters and their roles are carefully drawn and are essential to the adventure.