Book Review, Early Reader

Luna by Holly Webb & illustrated by Jo Anne Davies

Luna is a beautiful, Christmassy story about protecting animals and being true to what we believe is right. Hannah and her family are visiting the Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany. As they wander around, taking in all of the wonderful sights and smells, they come across a stall selling the loveliest carved decorations. The stallholder shows Hannah a charming dancing bear and she instantly falls in love. It isn’t cute like a teddy bear but so realistic.  After convincing her parents to let her buy it, Hannah takes her new treasure back to their hotel. That night, she goes on the most amazing adventure.

Not only is this a charming seasonal story, but it also presents readers with moral questions about performing animals and their treatment. Aspects of animal cruelty are discussed in a considered manner which is appropriate for younger readers. Children will need to question whether they think Hannah and her new friend, Matthias, are doing the right thing and what they would do in the same situation.

The illustrations are beautiful, bringing the realism of the bear and the historic setting to life. This is the perfect story for cuddling up on a snowy afternoon.

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for this gorgeous story!

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