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Review! Leaf and Echo Peak by Jo Marshall

5 Jun

leaf#4Leaf and Echo Peak
Series: Twig Stories #4 (#1, 2, 3)
Written by Jo Marshall
Illustrated by D.W. Murray
258 pages – ages 8+
Published by CreateSpace on February 20, 2016

Synopsis- Leaf and the Twigs are back! Twigs are creatures made from living wood that take care of their birth tree, and are gentle, peace-loving “people”. When their entire homeland is threatened by a force that they had never even heard of, it is a desperate dash to get all of the Twigs and animals out of the forest before Echo Peak explodes and erupts with lava. Will they all make it out in time?

What I Thought- The story was good, and kept me wanting to finish the book. The characters are all realistic, and have you cheering them on as their world erupts around them (quite literally). It’s great that there are actual animals represented in the book, with Twigs being the only “unproven” existing creature. There are really neat black-and-white drawings at the beginning of each chapter that really add another dimension to the book. This is a fun story with a unique and subtle way to teach kids about environmental issues. It is able to do so without sounding preachy. It’s important for kids to be able to learn without being pushed away, and Ms. Marshall does a great job of accomplishing this. One thing that threw me off my reading rate was editing mistakes scattered throughout the book. I didn’t see this with Marshall previous books. Errors aside, the Twig Story series is a worthwhile read for kids of any age because of the book’s fun story-lines and environmental message. The book is a nice continuation of the series, and I highly recommend this book!

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

Leaf and the Long Ice by Jo Marshall

8 Apr

leafandthelongceLeaf and the Long Ice

By Jo Marshall
llustrated by D.W. Murray
Published by CreateSpace on January 21, 2011
264 pages – ages 9+

Taken from the Twig stories website – ”Twigs are impish stick creatures – not much taller than robins. Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are very curly like roots. Their long, leafy hair can be many different colors – emerald, bronze, flaming red, and gold, for example. Twigs live in all sorts of trees, but the knotholes of enormous ancient cedars, big leaf maple, silver-leafed poplar, and whitebark pine are their favorite havens.”

Leaf is back on another adventure! This time, Leaf’s Mumma and Pappo ask Leaf to look after his twin brothers because they are taking Leaf’s sister off on an “adventure” (to check on something from the end of the 2nd book). After an exhausting time of babysitting, Buddy and Burba (the twins) fall asleep. Leaf decides to take a nap too. The only problem with this plan is that the twins were only faking and when Leaf goes to sleep, the twins sneak out! The twins decide they want to go and see the “Long Ice,” a giant glacier on Echo Peak (a mountain). The twins don’t know all the dangers that are at the glacier. When Leaf finds out their plot, he has to race to rescue them so they don’t get hurt!

This is the third book in the Twig Stories series and this one is as good as the others (see my reviews of book 1, Leaf and the Rushing Waters HERE and book 2,  Leaf and the Sky of Fire HERE)! Like books 1 and 2, Leaf and the Long Ice has an environmental theme. This book has a message about global warming and what may happen because of it. The action and adventure in the book is great and it isn’t too scary for younger kids. Ms. Marshall writes very well for children. The twig characters are very unique and I love reading about them. Leaf is a great main character. I like the environmental messages in Ms. Marshall’s books because they are important for kids to learn about. I also love the illustrations in the books! Take a look –

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Five out of five bookworms for Leaf and the Long Ice! fivebooks

To learn where to purchase the Twig Story books and to learn more about them, please visit the Twig Stories website by clicking HERE! There are also great activities on Ms. Marshall’s site.

I can’t wait to read book 4 (Leaf and Echo Peak) when it comes out later this year!

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Leaf & the Sky of Fire – Twig Stories Book 2 by Jo Marshall

22 Jun

Leaf & the Sky of Fire – Twig Stories Book 2

by Jo Marshall
Illustrated by D.W. Murray
Published by CreateSpace on November 17, 2011
370 pages – ages 9+
 

*Taken from the Twig stories website – ”Twigs are impish stick creatures – not much taller than robins. Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are very curly like roots. Their long, leafy hair can be many different colors – emerald, bronze, flaming red, and gold, for example. Twigs live in all sorts of trees, but the knotholes of enormous ancient cedars, big leaf maple, silver-leafed poplar, and whitebark pine are their favorite havens.”

The Northern Forest is under attack! Bark Beetles (barkbiters) have killed the trees in the forest and now the Twigs are in hiding. When Leaf (a Twig from the Old Seedar) hears about their problems, he goes to help but he is unaware of the evil barkbiters! When he gets to the twigs, Leaf accidentally started a fire on the dry wood, so now, they are running from millions of barkbiters and a huge forest fire! Can one little Twig save the forest and his fellow Twigs?!?

This story was as awesome as the first book in the series, Leaf and the Rushing Waters – read my review HERE. Leaf and the Sky of FIre, was exciting and fun to read. The illustrations through the book are fabulous. Mr. Murray really drew great representations of the Twigs and they really helped me picture the story in my mind. I like that this is a great adventure book with excitement and danger, but it is totally appropriate for younger kids. The book also teaches about environmental issues (like bark beetles) that kids should know about. I thought a couple of characters could have been described a bit better in the text (like Veil – I was surprised to figure out he was a chameleon) but overall the world that Ms. Marshall created with the Twigs is just awesome! I think kids and adults will love Twig stories!

Five out of five book worms for Leaf & the Sky of Fire!

Ms. Marshall does great work to help people learn about conservation and helping the environment. In fact she shares the money she makes from her books with “nonprofit groups concerned with wildlife protection, climate change research, nature conservancy, and forest preservation.”

I donated my copies of “Leaf and the Rushing Waters” and “Leaf and the Sky of FIre” to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy because they lost their ENTIRE children’s library when hurricane Irene hit our area! They were VERY happy to get Ms. Marshall’s books!

To learn where to purchase the Twig Story books and to learn more about them, please visit the Twig Stories website by clocking HERE!

I can’t wait for the next book “Leaf and the Long Ice” to come out this year!

Leaf and The Rushing Waters by Jo Marshall

4 Apr

Leaf and The Rushing Waters

By Jo Marshall

Illustrated by D.W. Murray

370 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on November 17, 2011

*Taken from the Twig stories website – “Twigs are impish stick creatures – not much taller than robins. Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are very curly like roots. Their long, leafy hair can be many different colors – emerald, bronze, flaming red, and gold, for example. Twigs live in all sorts of trees, but the knotholes of enormous ancient cedars, big leaf maple, silver-leafed poplar, and whitebark pine are their favorite havens.”

Leaf is a Twig. He was knocked from his home in “Old Seeder” when a huge flood came and rattled his tree home. Leaf fell into the rushing waters but managed to get onto dry land. Leaf’s family was still trapped in the tree due to the flood. Leaf’s father yells to him to find Rustle, another Twig and friend of the family, for help. Leaf and Rustle figure out that they need to go to the Chompers (beavers) and convince them to build a dam to stop the water, but they refuse. Leaf is now desperate to find help. With the help of some friendly chipmunks, Leaf, Rustle and their new friend Feather (another Twig) decide to save the Old Seeder and Leaf’s parents, but it isn’t so easy. Rattlesnakes , owls, and hornets are out to attack and EAT them!

This story had me hooked from the very beginning because of the action and excitement (lets just say there was a squirrel attack). The creatures Ms. Marshall made up (the Twigs) are interesting. They aren’t fairies (they don’t have magic),they are made of wood, kind of human like (but small) and they care about the environment. I like how Ms. Marshall told the story from different points of views from different characters. The characters were all very likeable. My favorite was Rustle because he was pretty adventurous and had a lot of knowledge about the forest (and he was just cool 😉 ). There were some nice illustrations in the book too. The story is super clean (no bad language and only scary-ish situations). It is a great choice for young advanced readers and middle grade kids. I think parents and kids will like the message of appreciating the environment too.

Five out of five book worms for “Leaf and the Rushing Waters!”

“Twig Stories royalties are shared with nonprofit groups concerned with wildlife protection, climate change research, nature conservancy, and forest preservation.”

Ms. Marshall also asked that I donate her books to a children’s library after I am done reading them. I chose to donate the books to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy because they lost their ENTIRE children’s library when hurricane Irene hit our area!

 “Leaf and The Rushing Waters” is part of the Twig series of books. To learn more about Ms. Marshall and the Twig Stories, please visit the Twig Stories website HERE.

I also have book 2 “Leaf and the Sky of Fire” on my TBR list!

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