“Who Is the Better Leaf?” By Violy Quintana and Carmen Quintana.

“Who Is the Better Leaf?” By Violy Quintana and Carmen Quintana. 791 1024 Reader Views Kids

Who Is the Better Leaf?

Violy Quintana and Carmen Quintana
Independently published (2023)
ISBN: 979-8399438214
Reviewed by Diana Coyle for Reader Views (01/2024)

Two leaves are in the beautiful gardens of Cabar Land, but they can’t determine who the better leaf is in, “Who Is the Better Leaf?” by Violy Quintana and Carmen Quintana. Leo, who is a wide leaf, and Lulu, a narrow leaf, are trying to outdo each other by listing all the things they can do better than the other leaf. They are causing such a commotion that Benny, the butterfly, must stop their argument and explain to both of them that they are each unique and special, which makes both of them a vital part of the ecosystem in Cabar Land. Do Leo and Lulu learn how to get along with each other after Benny’s talk with them?

I found this amazing children’s story to be entertaining while teaching children a few valuable lessons. One lesson children can take away is that every person, or in this case every leaf, is special and unique. Because of this, everyone has a vital role to live their life to the fullest and to be the best they can be. Another lesson is that everyone needs to work together to bring their own unique abilities to the spotlight, instead of trying to upstage someone else. Children can also learn from Leo and Lulu’s story that even if you do have an argument, you must always find it within your heart to forgive each other.

Both authors Violy and Carmen Quintana have a love of teaching children. Violy has been teaching children for 58 years in the Philippines, and Carmen taught in Thailand and Australia. Clearly, both ladies want to educate children in a fun and unique way, and I feel they have achieved this by co-authoring this book. Plus, just the simple fact that a mom and daughter team co-authored a book together is a perfect legacy to leave behind for their family.

I would also like to note that the illustrations provided by Danielle Florendo were a pure delight to look at. The illustrations encompassed the entire page of every single page in the book, which made this so much fun to not only read the story but follow along with the illustrations that bring the story to life.

This book was written with the reading age range of 3-8 years, and I feel children within those ages would definitely love reading and learning a lesson or two from Leo and Lulu. If you are looking for a book to teach your children about the ecosystem, while also instilling a few lessons of friendship and forgiveness, then look into this book. I highly recommend it!   

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