The book is about a small town boy who learns the value of friendship. A medieval, Italian town named Roseto serves as the backdrop. The beautiful and colourful illustrations – all done in paper collage style – depict different parts of the town and journey. Although, the story unfolds in a different time and place, the message is universal and timeless.
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
The Magic Leaf is a book that illustrates the power of friendship amidst the trials of everyday life, on a level that is suitable for kids of course.
It begins with one young man as he travels to work everyday and how tired he is. He dreads every work day because of the weight of his pack and the length of his trip, but then his friend gives him a “magic leaf” to make his weight lighter and the trip shorter. As the two friends travel, the weight does seem lighter and the trip shorter, but it is because of their friendship, not because of the leaf.
I really liked the simplicity of this message. The sentences were short, to the point and illustrated with unique pictures. It leaves room to talk about each page if it’s read aloud, and could easily become a discussion topic for a lesson in school. The setting being in another country (Italy) also holds promise for a lesson.
Overall, I was pleased with The Magic Leaf, and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
About Mary Feliciani
Mary Feliciani is a Canadian author, independent publisher and an elementary school teacher. She attended UTM where she studied psychology and still lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Mary’s background in psychology, work with children and passionate interest in the human condition, which stems back as far as she can remember, are all evident in her writing.
Rayleigh is a Sophomore in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.
Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.