Lily the Elf by Anna Branford
Published by Walker Books Australia
Lily is a playful little Elf who lives with her dad in a tiny elf house under a bridge. Like all kids, Lily faces problems. Problems with being scared, problems with wanting something that’s not yours, problems doing the right thing and making the right choices. With the help of her dad, granny and animal friends, Lily searches for the right answers, learning little life lessons along the way.
In The Precious Ring, Lily finds a ring that has been lost by a human. Filled with rain water, it creates the perfect swimming pool for Lily. She loves her pool but she knows that the ring doesn’t belong to her. Will she keep it or give it back? In The Midnight Owl, Lily is scared of the owl, who seems to be hooting spooky questions in the middle of the night. It’s so scary Lily can’t sleep properly. How will she overcome her fear?
Lily the Elf is a sweet series for early reader girls. The stories are entertaining, the language is simple and the themes are very relatable. Each of the books contain a moral or ethical question. One of the things I like most about this, are the discussions, those questions, open up between my kids and I.
After reading The Precious Ring, we explored what it means to think about others and put their feelings first. With The Midnight Owl we discussed fear and how nighttime can make things seem scarier than they really are. Lily the Elf provides lots of these learning opportunities for parents and educators, presented in a fun format, sprinkled with cute pics. Perfect for the early reader. Oh and the text is nice and big too.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Anna Branford
Illustrator: Simon Williams
Title: Lily the Elf
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: May 2015