The Secret World of Walter Anderson

by Hester Bass
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Category: Orbis Pictus

Personal Evaluation: It was a great story, but I was a little confused when I got to the 7-page Author’s Note that had probably more text and much more detail than the story did. I can see why the author kept the story to a minimum, but not sure why she then included all the detail in the author’s note – almost enough for a second, more in-depth book for older kids.

What might interest children: The story and pictures are simple and beautiful and tell a lovely, calming story. It reminded me in ways of Time of Wonder, so kids who liked that book might like this one. It struck me as being more for younger kids – good maybe for a classroom readaloud for 1st or 2nd graders – than for 4th-8th graders.

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