Reece’s Vintage Tales
Reece’s Vintage Tales is a collection of twelve stories, ten original and two adapted, that are as instructional as they are entertaining. While there are several admirable and interesting qualities about the latest book from N. Reece Ho-Sheffield, as a teacher, I am most excited about the author’s choice to include a glossary at the end of each story. This makes the book an excellent resource for young readers to build their vocabulary alongside practicing their reading skills and receiving a moral, and in some stories, a spiritual education. The illustrations in the book are simple and vibrant and expertly complement each tale. From the dark coloration that sets the mood in “The Willow, the Fir, and the Magnolia” to the hilarious rendering of the last story, “The Farting Bunny,” adults and kids alike will be delighted by the colorful accompaniments to each story. Ho-Sheffield has also offered an age range for each story which can benefit parents who are unsure about which pieces will work best for their child. The lowest age listed is seven, while the highest is thirteen; the reading level of a particular child may stretch those a bit.
Ultimately, Reece’s Vintage Tales is a wonderful addition to any home library and could easily be used as an anchor text for parents who homeschool as well. The stories are detailed, deliberate, and delightful.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Author||N. Reece Ho-Sheffield|
|Page Count||96 pages|
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