Get ready for a Kid Lit trek to the Australian outback. Sandra Bennett takes you there in her newest tale, Frazzled Freya, about the titular frill-neck lizard who wants to play with other desert creatures but is afraid of leaving the safety of her bush home.
About the Book
Title: Frazzled Freya | Author Sandra Bennett | Illustrator Dianna Budd | Publication Date: 2016 | Publisher: Inspiring Publishers | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3-8
What Kids Will Like
With her exotic looks, children will adore gentle Freya, who darts about in search of playmates. However, everywhere she goes, Freya sees the shadow of a huge dinosaur that relentlessly stalks her. Despite animal friends who offer comfort, Freya remains frazzled.
Illustrator Dianna Budd’s vibrant drawings transport children to the Australian desert. Budd includes delightful details of this habitat, down to the amazing animals and blazing yellow-orange sun bursting on nearly every page.
Bennett's catchy rhyming couplets move the action along as Freya struggles to escape the ‘monster.’
With her desert friends she had faced her fears.
What Parents, Educators Will Like
The fixed layout of the downloadable pdf book I read on my i-Pad is easy for small hands to navigate. The book’s illustrations jump off the screen, and young artists may be inspired to draw their own Outback-themed art. Adults will appreciate the gentle lesson of friendship, as Freya’s buddies support her. With their help, Freya finally learns to demonstrate bravery and resourcefulness.
Though the story appeals to all young readers, its unique setting and characters will especially hook any child interested in nature and animals. As a bonus, the author includes an appendix with photographs and facts about frill-neck lizards and other animals found in the story, so children from around the globe can learn more about nature in the Australian desert.
I recommend Frazzled Freya for preschool through second-grade children. Its catchy rhymes, charming characters, and dazzling illustrations transport them around the world to learn about nature while experiencing important life lessons.
Disclosure: I was given a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cat Michaels, M.S.,Ed.
Meet the Author
Sandra Bennett, mother of three boys and retired Primary School teacher, started writing stories to encourage her students to develop a love of reading. At first, she wrote familiar stories about her students, so they could relate to them. These evolved into more-complex, humorous tales that often involve the natural world in her native Australia.
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