The Secret of the Magic Crystal.
The Secret of the Magic Crystal
Anamcara Press LLC
9781941237267, $16.99, PB, 38pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Alana is reluctant to share her magical crystal, but also desperately wants the attention that comes when someone is envious of you, so she shows it to her two best friends, Mae and Samara. They beg her to let them have it for a night, and she finally agrees. Mae takes the crystal home and has her own dream where she is a powerful sorceress. Next, Samara takes the crystal and dreams that she is a mermaid deep in a watery cave filled with treasure.
Samara is enchanted by the glitter but the crystal shines a light towards the back of the cave where she sees an old octopus and he shows her a box with a riddle inside. The riddle tells of a mysterious light the octopus will guide them to. When she awakes, she knows that there was something special about the dream and that they must try and find a way to get back to the cave and continue on the journey that has been set before them.
Meanwhile, back in the forest a group of city children, who are the victims of a bossy character named Kyron, have come to play. They glimpse an eerie light dash by them and they follow it only to barge in on the dreamy world of Alana, Mae, and Samara. Alana's fanciful dream fades away as if it had never existed in the first place.
Only after Alana decides to open her heart and invite the group of city children into the world of the secret crystal does the magic truly begin! But how can all of the children share one crystal happily? They decide to seek the assistance of the old octopus from the cave, who offers them a final riddle, and an amazing out-of-this-world adventure!
Critique: An elegant, original, and wonderfully entertaining children's picture book story by author and illustrator Mishea Obiji, "The Secret of the Magic Crystal" will have a very special appear for young readers with an interest int fairies, mermaids and dragons. With its underlying and positive message of friendship, imagination and transformation, "The Secret of the Magic Crystal" is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers.