The King of Keji
|June 25, 2015||Posted by admin under Canadian, Children's Lit, Picture Book|
Written by Jan L. Coates | Illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon | Published by Nimbus Publishing
Reviewed by Carla McGrath
A little boy wants to be a king and asks his Gramps for help. The little boy’s vision of what a king means is very different from what his Gramps teaches him. As they explore a park in a wood-like setting (Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park), Gramps shares his story of how to really become a king — using metaphors like how the sun can shine on leaves making them sparkle, and how water in the eyes of an animal can make them look like diamonds, pearls, and emeralds. The lesson in this story is that kings don’t always live in big, fancy castles. You can become a king of almost anything if you use your imagination and find beauty in even simple things.
This is a good story for children between the ages of 5 to 8. The colorful and bright illustrations bring the story to life and will engage young readers on many levels.
To learn more about this book or to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.