“Empathy, kindness and teamwork are just some of the values that can be learned from Brenda Huddleston’s book ‘The Squirrel & The Dragonfly’. In this endearing story of Liam and Sophia, there is certainly more than meets the eye.
This is not only a children’s book about adorable animals that captivate the interest of children. This is a story that can take a child on a journey that enables them to see others in the light of friendship and cooperation, even those who seem different from who you are.
These days, when selfishness is prevalent and intolerance with those outside one’s group is common, children can learn to look more deeply at those surrounding them. They can learn about the weakness and vulnerability of others and find within them an ability to relate to other people’s plight.
Though narrated through animal characters, children can still identify with them and find themselves immersed in a narrative that can be similar to events in their own lives. Even at school and in small social circles that a child goes into, he or she can learn how to be a part of a group that strives to help those in need.
With an easy-to-follow narrative and attractive animal characters, this book is worth the read especially during bedtime with their parents. It can spur deeper questions and discussions that can further equip the emotional growth of children, enabling them to see themselves as capable of courage, leadership and compassion.”
– reviewed by Jocelyn Soriano