Here is a storybook of yesteryear - one that is timeless and inspiring. It is beautifully written, adventurous, and spurs on imagination, learning, and wonder with each chapter. If you are looking for something new, without disrespectful characters that challenge authority or attempt to fit in with worldly stereotypes, you will want to add this engaging, beautifully illustrated book to your library. My children loved going through the chapters, following the story of a young girl in a wheelchair abandoned in the woods, and helped by ten colorful bears.
Character issues like teamwork, kindness, respect for others, honesty, determination, safety, and manners are woven throughout the story. I particularly loved the illustrations (as did my kids); they almost had a 1920's feel to them. The book is large (about 8 by 12) and has a rich, cozy feel to it. Incidentally, the author, Deborah Thomas, homeschooled her children (they are now grown and hold law degrees). She is a delightful woman with a passion for writing. She told me this book was a dream and a labor of love; it is very evident in this wonderfully engaging work. We love our copy.