Some books beg to be read aloud. Such is the case with The Silver Nutmeg, a charming fantasy story reminiscent of E. Nesbit.
Anna Lavinia, bored during the summer drought, takes a walk to see a nearby dew pond. She discovers that another world exists on the other side of that pond, and that she can reach it by jumping into the water. Once there she befriends Toby, a young boy her age. Toby shows her his side of the pond, where gravity does not exist. In spite of the differences in their two worlds, Anna and Toby find they know many of the same songs. Could it be that Anna knows someone else who has traveled through her dew pond?
Palmer Brown makes the adventures of Anna Lavinia and her friend Toby come alive with passages that are descriptive, but never tedious. The clever songs that various characters sing are amusing, as are the challenges that Anna faces, learning to function without the law of gravity. At one point, Anna consults a fortune teller, an incident some parents may want to qualify. That aside, The Silver Nutmeg is a delightful, innocent story that will help children discover the joys of reading.
Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher currently living in Ridgewood, NJ.