With pigs, mice, farmers, babies, woodworkers and cooks among the fairy tale favorites mixed into REECE’S VINTAGE TALES, parents can pick and choose to find the just-right story for a nice morality lesson at bedtime. With ten original and two adapted children’s tales, author N. Reece Ho-Sheffield unfurls a variety of stories set to entertain children–and perhaps even their parents.
Ho-Sheffield is a retired pediatrician now writing stories for children that by design stem from his Christian faith. Whether it’s a garment maker in “A Christmas Yarn” or two premature siblings in “Hang in There”, Reece sets his characters in a dilemma or setting that gives them right or wrong turns and choices. Sometimes, as in “Rainbow Babies” there’s a good deed that goes rewarded and a greedy choice that results in calamity. Or, as in “Persinette,” a character goes through a trial to find her true calling. Especially inventive and fun is “Finding Atlantis” which takes a nice twist and perhaps is a lesson on using might to make right.
Some of the stories preach Christianity more than others, and parents who desire a biblical basis will find that comforting. Those who don’t can skip the stories directly centered on faith and still come away with a nice tale and a good lesson. While a couple of REECE’S VINTAGE TALES lacked the twists and pizzazz of the others, they will still delight kids by the inventive plots and the good guys winning in the end.
As with any children’s book, illustrations are central to the experience, and REECE’S VINTAGE TALES offers beautiful, fun depictions of the characters and events that will delight everyone. The explorer “moon-babes” floating on the book’s cover are adorable. That’s more than enough to motivate a reader to pick up the book, flip to a tale, and start delighting a child.
Filled with charming characters and beautiful illustrations, REECE’S VINTAGE TALES will delight children (and their parents!) with fast-paced stories that instill simple, yet important lessons about life.
~Greg Rideout for IndieReader