Sunday, November 19, 2006

Hope – A Book Review by Will Jordan

Who knew a story about a tiny flower, which is in search of happiness could be such a compelling theme. Filled with inspirational imagery and emotionally infused, thoughtful themes, “Hope,” is a story for all children young and old.
Author and Illustrator Shawn-Michelle Surber poured her heart and soul into the frail character, Hope, a miniscule flower, who is all alone in a vast arid desert, without “anyone to love and share her dreams.”
Despite the sometimes overwhelming obstacles put in front of Hope, the flower learns to cope with her harsh surroundings, after meeting a bespectacled, knowledgeable little worm named, “Wisdom.” Upon their meeting, Wisdom teaches Hope the definition of her name he gave her, and suddenly things begin to look up for the wilting flower, leaving the reader with a “hopeful” ending.
Shawn-Michelle Surber proves to the world she is a talented, young writer and illustrator with her first children’s story, and it is obvious the artist is on to something special with her loveable character, Hope.
And in her own words, the author doesn’t disappoint those who fall in love with the little flower. With the ending promise, “…the beginning,” let’s hope there’s more to come.

Publisher: Mornin’ Light Media, March 2006
ISBN: 0-9763534-0-7
Author: Shawn-Michelle Surber
Genre: all-ages children's book
Full color, Hardback, 35 pages
Member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Will Jordan is a contributing writer for Rib Magazine in Franklin, Tennessee.

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