Thursday, July 3, 2008

Book Review: Trouble Finds Rooter and Snuffle, by Shari Lyle-Soffe

In this the third book of the Rooter & Snuffle raccoon series, Soffe gives us three more delightful short tales, each with an important message.
In "My True Friends," Rooter falls under the bad influence of Twitcher, the bully rabbit, and turns his back on his friends. Fortunately, this new attitude of his doesn't last long and he's able to realize what a true friend means. More importantly, he does something about it.

In "The Pity Party," Little Snuffle is feeling sorry for himself--is having, in fact, a pity party. Luckily, Rooter makes up a new game to help his little raccoon brother regain his confidence. Rooter reminds him that we all have our special gifts, we just have to find what those gifts are.
In "Yes We Can," Mrs. Quackers the duck is in serious trouble, and it's up to Rooter and Snuffle to help her and her baby ducklings. When they don't succeed, however, they must get the help of Slappy Beaver. As it turns out, it was a piece of garbage what almost killed the mother duck. This story teaches how we can protect wild animals from getting hurt by simply throwing the garbage in a can instead of leaving it everywhere for creatures to find. It is a story that teaches responsibility and a love and respect for animals.
Whenever I read the words "Rooter & Snuffle", I know I'm in for a good time. I have read all of the books in this series and enjoyed them all. What I like most about this author is that she teaches Christian values without being 'preachy'. The short tales are fun and engaging, and Collier's bright illustrations a symphony of colors on the pages. The expressions on the animal faces are just darling, transmitting their emotions to the reader. If you have young children (3 & up), I can whole-heartedly recommend this series!
Book Info:
Trouble Finds Rooter and Snuffle"
Author: Shari Lyle-Soffe
Illustrator: Kevin Scott Collier
Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-933090-85-6
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-933090-72-6
Paperback, 19 pages, $9.95
Suggested age: 3 (read to age) to 9 (read alone)

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

Sounds like a great story with a great message to teach children (and the rest of us) to pick up our trash and realize some of our actions hurt animals. Children will love those colorful animal illustraions.