Embracing a Healthy Family: Children's Book Review: The Labyrinth by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck

Children's Book Review: The Labyrinth by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck

The Labyrinth is part of the Lima Bear Stories by authors Thomas Weck and Peter Weck.  This is the second book I have read from the Lima Bear Stories and was equally impressed with the storyline, the characters and the message of forgiveness.  I also like an emphasis on female characters holding positions of power so my girls understand that both males and females can hold important roles.  Even though the hero of the story is a male bear, the idea is there and it shows how gender makes no difference as both can work together to solve a problem.  L. Joe Bean also proves that size doesn't matter and that heroes come in all sizes.


When Princess Belinda Bean is chosen by her father to become the Queen and ruler of Beandom, Mean Ol' Bean becomes jealous and decides he has a plan to take over as King.  Through an elaborate plan, Mean Ol' Bean utilizes a labyrinth to trap her until L. Joe Bean, the Wiseman of Beandom, intercedes.  Of course I can't tell you how it ends as that would spoil the story!  


The illustrations are well done and blend softly with the story pages.  I also liked the word art exhibited such as the word cheered having a wavy appearance and "Oh, Mean Ol' Bean" rhythm appearing bold and in a different font and color repeated throughout the book.  It's a cute story that ends with a lesson.  


I also enjoyed the back section that is called Extend the Learning and Activities.  From suggestions to help your children before you read the book to during the reading and after reading, the questions are ones that reinforce what they will learn in school.  The Activities section details fun things to do with your children that coincide with the story.  It's a perfect educational supplement to the story.


The Labyrinth is a good children's book that teaches a wonderful lesson of forgiveness, caring and giving as well as the inclusion of a back section that furthers educational opportunities.  


*Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy The Labyrinth from KSB Promotions.  The opinions are of my own.

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