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Posted September 23, 2012
Fairies, magic, sisters and a valuable lesson...what more could you want
Maddie World is a well written, easy to follow, imaginative book for younger readers with a strong and very important lesson on bullying. Kimberly Kinrade writes in a fashion that was both easy to read and follow for young readers while still being a bit challenging with some a little more difficult vocabulary mixed in here and there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is based on a 9-year-old girl and her two sisters, Bella and Lexie, and their faithful dog, TayTay. It involves real life issues that children in this age group face everyday and teaches an important lesson on bullying through a vivid, bright and wonderfully imaginative world, Maddie World, where faries and magic exist. My soon to be 10-year-old daughter read this book with me, and we both enjoyed it very much. The wonderful world created in Maddie World with the fairies and magic make the very real lesson on bullying fun and interesting to learn about. My daughter kept stopping the reading to comment on what Maddie should or shouldn't do or what she thought of this or that. It really had her little mind working, and what a wonderful treat that is to find in a book!s
Maddie World is actually book three in The Lost Kids series. Bella and Lexie find their own worlds in books one and two. This is part of what upsets Maddie in the beginning of the book. Not only is she being bullied by a mean girl at school, but she also still has not found the door to her world. Then, in the last place she'd expect to find another world waiting for her, she her sisters and their dog are thrust into Maddie World and right into the middle of a fairy war. Maddie quickly realizes that Maddie World is not at all what she expected it to be or once was and it's all because of bullying. Embarking on her own mission to save the fairies and the land, Maddie learns a great deal about bullying and herself...lessons she brings back to her own world when they finally return and uses to deal with the bully at school. Kinrade's style of writing and world building was great giving the reader excellent descriptions of the world and the fairies. I could see the characters and the world coming to life in bright, full color in my own mind as I read.
I really enjoyed this book as did my daughter. It was a fun read with fairies, magic and relatable girls making the lesson on bullying a lot more fun to learn and discuss. It offered suggestions for how to deal with bullies when you are being bullied and left a great opportunity for discussion whether it be at home with parents or in a classroom at school.
The book is the third in a series, but can be read alone. This is the first book I had read in the series. It is eaily read alone without having read the other two books and still understandable. However, with the references Maddie makes to her sister's worlds they previously visited, I do suggest reading the books in order as I think you will enjoy them more.
I recommend this book for young readers ranging in age of approximately 5-10. I would put this on a 3-5 grade reading level for youngsters reading alone as some of the vocabulary may be a bit harder and it is a chapter book, but younger children will be able to enjoy the story, the wonderful illustrations and learn the valuable lesson taught through the book as well.
I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of reviewing. Although, I must say, I am very glad I did as myself and my daughter very much enjoyed the story.
Posted September 23, 2012
"Maddie's World" is a sheerly delightful, pixie-ish, v
"Maddie's World" is a sheerly delightful, pixie-ish, vividly imaginative story for children-and yes, us adults!-about the dangers of bullying, and how fast friendships and good relations can be lost over selfishness and miscommunication. Maddie is the eldest sister of three (younger sisters Bella and Lexie have their own tales as well) and not only is feeling bewildered and lost about the bullying she receives from a girl at school; she can't understand why her sisters have each discovered their own "worlds" via the giant cardboard box they use as a sometime-playhouse. On this afternoon, though, Bella and Lexie go through the portal of the box, and so does TayTay, their pet dog, and then Maddie, who discovers she does have a world after all, one in which two Kingdoms of Fairie have fought for decades or longer over a crystal necklace neither Kingdom can use. It's up to Maddie to discover her own inner strengths and put a solution to this-and in her own accomplished way, she evolves and solves the war, learning lessons for herself and for others too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I highly recommend this treasure for both young readers and older-after all, don't we all need to relearn our Life Lessons sometimes?
Posted September 19, 2012
Maddie World is book three in the Three Lost Kids series. I have
Maddie World is book three in the Three Lost Kids series. I have not had the privilege of reading the first two books, but you don't have to read them in order to understand what is happening. These books are all geared for early adolescents and each have some concept that might help make our children to grow into healthier, happier adults. This particular story is focused on Bullying. Maddie is bullied by a girl at school in the beginning and refuses to stand up for herself. No matter what her family tells her, she is determined not to go back to school to face her fears. In an effort to cheer her up, her two sisters take a cardboard box and turn it into "Maddie World." What they didn't realize was that as soon as they crawled into the box, it really transported them into Maddie World. Upon entering the new world, they are transformed into other people. For instance, Maddie becomes a fairy. Since the world is for Maddie, they are dropped into the middle of a Fairy War that will require bravery and self confidence to end. This is Maddie's task. She must end the war in order for them to return to their own world and to save Maddie World from destruction. Since it is a short story, I will not give away how Maddie saves the world, but she learns how to stand up for herself in the process. When she returns home, she is mentally equipped to handle being bullied at school. One of the things I really like about the story is that the end of the book comes with questions that you can use to help start a discussion about bullying and what to do to stop it. It's a cute story that will hopefully help the battle against bullying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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