Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Cheer-worthy fable of animals, friendship, ecosystems.

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My students loved this novel study!

Applegate creates relatable human characters and positively unique animal characters. This novel gives a positive messages about friendship, personal growth/healing, and the conservation of our environment. The main character, Willodeen, is a great role model for young, inquisitive minds. This novel teaches children that nature consists of cause and effect relationships within our ecosystems/food chains. My students and I loved reading this novel together!

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