Friday, June 8, 2018

"Hector's Favorite Place" - a bookwrap

Quotes about overcoming fear


"Hector' Favorite Place"
by Jo Rooks

*Age Range: 4-8
*Grade Level: 1-2
*Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Magination Press (August 13, 2018)

Some fantastic illustrations to enjoy
(isn't Hector just the cutest thing?) 

About the book

First of all let me say I love the little character Hector.  He is just a darling little hedgehog.  Hector prefers to stay in his comfy home doing all the things he loves: reading books quietly, playing his piano softly, painting lovely abstracts on canvas, and of course, eating the delicious meals that he himself prepares.  Inside his home he feels safe and cozy and has no trouble whatsoever  keeping himself busy.  

When he gets offers to go out and join his friends for a walk in the forest on the first snowy day, or skate on the frozen pond, that's when worry starts nibbling at him.  At first he's excited and wants to go but then he starts thinks about all the negative "what if"s" if he leaves his home, and then sadly his anxieties totally take over and Hector declines the invitations.   

Then one day Hector has a Eureka moment.  He acknowledges that his worries are holding him back from enjoying his life to the fullest and he's missing out on many adventures and opportunities for fun that are offered to him.  

He bravely accepts an invitation to the Winter Forest Party and in so doing his life drastically changes for the better.  The beautiful, vibrantly coloured illustrations are full of emotion and heart and perfectly tie in with the message of facing down fears and moving forward with your life in a positive manner.  The book includes a portion for adults with tips to help children manage their worries and with support overcome them.  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator

Jo Rooks is an illustrator, author and graphic designer living in leafy South West London with her husband and two children. Jo studied at Bath School of Art and Design and pursued a career in graphic design for music. When Jo had her two children, she began to rediscover her love of art, poetry, and creative writing for children. She is passionate about reading with children and hopes to bring lovable characters and meaningful messages in her story books.

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