Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Review: The Adventures of Lisbeth: Book #1

The Adventures of Lisbeth: Book #1, Remember to Say Thank You
By: Liesel F. Daisley
Published by:  AuthorHouse; Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4634-4147-0
Price: $13.54
Ages: 4-8
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne S. Walker

Synopsis: Do you think that an outing on a warm, sunny Caribbean beach would be a lot of fun?  Lisbeth is a young girl who was born in a Spanish-speaking country of South America but moves with her family to an English-speaking island in the Caribbean.  One Saturday morning, her mum and dad take her to the beach.  After swimming for a while, she meets a school friend of hers named Mark and his puppy Chilly.  They decide to explore the beach together.  Lisbeth begins finding rocks that look like letters, including “T,” “H,” “N,” “K,” “Y,” “O,” and “U,” which she puts in her blue bucket.  When they get back and eat, what will she be able to spell with the rocks?

Overall thoughts:   Lisbeth is a bilingual girl, so the story, which won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, is written in both English and Spanish.  This is a wonderful benefit for children who are English speakers learning Spanish or who are Spanish speakers learning English.  In addition, there is an important lesson about expressing gratitude when one has had a fun time.  Author Liesel Daisley was born on the exotic island of Barbados in the West Indies.  After her niece Lisbeth was born, Liesel decided to write books for children based on Lisbeth’s life.  Remember to Say Thank You is the first in a series of books about the adventures of Lisbeth.  Children will enjoy this tale which will also encourage them both to appreciate the beauty of nature and to be polite.

     Links: www.theadventuresoflisbeth.com (series), www.authorhouse.com (publisher)

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