Willow the Armadillo

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Willow is fascinated with picture books. The library is her refuge, the place she goes to find peace in the world. Her greatest dream, though, is to be the lead character in one of her own – the admired hero that somehow saves the day. Despite discouragement from those around her, this determined and courageous armadillo enrolls in classes at Picture Book Academy under a revered instructor. She studies feverishly and graduates successfully, but when it comes time for auditions, she fails to meet the expectations of the judges. Terribly saddened by her fate, she sets off for her favorite place. When she arrives, the library is filled with creatures of all kinds. A power outage suddenly occurs, and with skill and kindness, Willow turns chaos into calm. This thoughtful armadillo unexpectedly becomes the hero she’s been longing to become.

This is a noteworthy picture book covering an array of topics pertinent to young children. Willow the Armadillo is about bravery and persistence, disappointment and broken dreams, generosity, and compassion. It’s ideal for classrooms and libraries of elementary school-aged children, and namely children ages five through nine. It has a strong binding and will endure the test of time. It has a precious cover and is masterfully illustrated with vibrant, detailed illustrations throughout its entirety. Additionally, this charming story will likely leave readers feeling inspired inside and ready to overcome their own, unique challenges.

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Author Marilou Reeder
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2020-04-28
ISBN 9781419741050
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Issue June 2020
Category Children's


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