I finished the book last week and am only now getting around to let you know how great I think this book is. Marion Richardson did not dwell on the evil things of witchcraft, but as she says, God turned it into "a love story." Focusing on evil acts, etc., plants thoughts that can be pursued by inquisitive little minds. God is so wise! I also really appreciate the graying down of the colors to give a subtle clue as to the darkness of the topic of witchcraft. This is in great contrast to Marion's other books which are all in bright and cheerful colors that attract a child's attention. And I love the poetic rhythm of the notes that carry a positive message in the story line.
And in all her books, the forest creatures show their curiosity and interest in Lottie's activities and encounters and create a flow and familiarity through all her books. This also carries the unspoken message that all creation is watching the activities of man because those activities and decisions affect all life.
Marion taught elementary school for over a decade. She now uses her experience as an educator and Sunday School teacher to write and illustrate Biblically based children's books containing material on a level which children can understand.
A Story of Love, Not Condemnation
- M.T. Albuquerque, NM