TILDA PINKERTON’S MAGICAL HATS
By the Red Tractor Mailbox
Written by: Angela Shelton
Illustrated by: James Murry
Published: April 1, 2013
As part of the Virtual Author Book Tour, I am delighted to share the book, TILDA PINKERTON’S MAGICAL HATS by Angela Shelton with you. This is a chapter book that would be perfect for early elementary age kids (boys or girls) whether it is read aloud or on their own. The chapters are short with charming illustrations. The book tells the story of eleven-year-old Madison and her younger brother Albert who are visiting their grandparents’ farm. The farm has hit troubled times and their grandparents are finding it hard to keep the farm going. The kids are aware that any day the farm can be taken away from them by mean, old Mr Seedy. With a little help from a mysterious hat shop and a few talking woodchucks, Madison and Albert are able to come up with a plan to help save the farm. You will have to read the story to find out if their plan worked.
The story moves quickly and is witty and amusing enough to keep both adults and children interested. Teachers and parents will love the glossary at the end of each chapter introducing the reader to all the new words in the book. This part reminded me a bit of the FANCY NANCY books in how they introduce bigger words to encourage growing the reader’s vocabulary. The illustrations are drawn so they can also be coloring pages, if you own the book, of course.
I think this would be a great series to share with your child and will naturally encourage a lot of discussion. By adding new words to the child’s vocabulary you could find new ways to build on them by using them in conversations throughout the day. Teachers could also build this book and vocabulary into their guided reading lessons. The fun of the book continues at the Magical Hat Shop website. Click HERE to find puppet videos, coloring pages, and a reading certificate. I’m anxious to read the rest of the books in this series.
I really liked how this book shared the story of a family who comes together in tough times. By having a little faith and mixing it with courage, kindness, a willingness to work and maybe just a bit of magic you are able to see your dreams come true. Be sure to check out this delightful new book. Tilda will be traveling with us on vacation for our daughter to read in the car.
Angela Shelton is an author, actor, blogger and public speaker. She has been writing since she was eight years old. Her first novel was adapted into the movie Tumbleweeds. Angela won a regional Emmy award for her portrayal of Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein’s Julie Clark and America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh. After living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Angela left the big city for a one-light country town to marry her first love and fulfill her dream of writing books in a barn house.
Thanks to Virtual Author Book Tours, I was given a copy of this book for review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.