The Tale of Inkey Pinkey Forest

Helen Ridling

Publisher: Xlibris Pages: 45 Price: (paperback) $24.99 NZ ISBN: 9781477118740 Reviewed: November, 2012 Author Website: Visit »

The Tale of Inkey Pinkey Forest is a new chapter book written by Helen Ridling created to be a read-aloud adventure for emerging readers. Starring the young Princess Georgia, a very hungry dinosaur named Prina, a cast of friendly toys and one helpful cat, the story celebrates friendship, unconditional love and the importance of saying “I am sorry” when mistakes are made.

Inkey Pinkey Forest is Princess Georgia’s favorite place. She planted the trees herself and created her very own beautiful, unique wonderland. People came from far and wide to see the brilliance of the forest foliage and admire the way sunshine sparkles on the leaves. When the Princess wakes up one morning, looks out the window and sees her much-loved trees stripped of their breathtaking leaves, she is shocked and angry. Who could have done such a thing?

The Princess need look no further than her sweetly absent-minded and vain pet dinosaur, Prina. The pet is devastated when she realizes just how upset her mistress is. Prina looks to her creative friends from the toy box to help brainstorm a thoughtful and effective solution. Soon, a heartfelt letter of apology is written and peace returns to the Princess’s world.

Deftly illustrated by Glenn Shaw, who has produced delightful line drawings, this chapter book is nicely designed and perfectly organized for bedtime reading. Unfortunately, the book suffers from grammar errors and poor copyediting. (For example, the book opens with a run-on sentence.) These problems distract from the overall power of the story, which is otherwise filled with charming, vibrant characters children will relate to and root for.

Also available as an ebook.

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