Over the years at Lemonade Magazine, we have been branching out slowly into other genres of art beyond music. Although music will probably be a major focus for us, we have been given the opportunity to review a brand new children’s book by author Veronica S. Appleton. Her new book, Journey to Appleville, follows the adventure of six young children of different nationalities, genders and origins. The illustrations of Journey to Appleville are done by artist Lisa Pangborn. The art is bright and colorful with a bit of whimsy and playfulness. It perfectly harmonizes with the overall story, which starts with the children, named Kenan, Tu-Tu, Pedro, Liu-Liu, Lizzy and Cassie, embark on a journey to the mysterious Appleville.
In this wonderful destination of Appleville the children will be given a special golden apple that will help them set and accomplish their goals. The trip is long and filled with discovery and friendship. Once their adventure finds them in the village, the Appleville Fairy arrives to asks them to tell her “all about their dreams and goals”. The goals each of the children presents the fairy are thoughtful and legit. For example, Pedro explains, “My father is deaf and I fail every time in using sign language to communicate with him.”
The goals are as diverse in nature as the characters are in nationality, but the common theme remains. That differences and shortcomings are not unique to anyone person or child. That we do better as a whole supporting one another and success is about overcoming fear. Appleton illustrates that diversity, awareness and early education are important and the foundation for a thriving and tolerant society. Journey to Appleville is the first in the Appleville series and we are looking forward to more.
You can purchase Journey to Appleville by Veronica Appleton on Amazon in an e-book or hardcover.
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