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Avery’s Gift

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Avery's Gift is a beautiful and bright vibrant story (much like the children it has been written about).
Avery wakes one evening to find all her colours have faded. She goes in to the garden and meets a fox and an owl who help her look for her colours. Avery then meets Dalton, a vibrant, fun and happy boy who befriends Avery and gives her a gift before he leaves.
This rhyming picture book is such a beautiful story for children and adults alike.
This book was written about two very special children in real life who even though they never met have become a part of each other forever. Dalton tragically died in an accident and his heart was donated to Avery and this saved her life. Such a beautiful book and a great book to share with children who have a similar experience in life happen  to them or their loved ones.
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Avery wakes up in the middle of the night.  Nothing looks familiar and she has lost all her colors.  Where did they go?

Mascot Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.

Avery asks the animals to help find her colors.  They lead her out to the water where she finds a boy.  It doesn't take long before they are friends.  She goes for a ride with him and gets her colors back.

There really was an Avery and a Dalton.  Their story is an addendum in the back of the book.  It's both sad and happy.

Read it and see if you can guess their secret.
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The book attracts me with its beautiful illustration. The bittersweet story inside doesn't mean as much as it did after I read the author's note at the end of the book. Organ transplant is not an easy subject to explain to a child, so this book is a good bridge to illustrate the fact. A good way to make them understand on how it can be done.
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Very sweet message.  The colors being equated to life are appropriate for small ones.  The imagery is a blend of traditional style and contemporary style. I would rather have seen one or the other consistently throughout, but overall it's cohesive.
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This beautifully illustrated, touching picture book follows a girl named Avery as she moves through a dream world in search of her colors, meeting a new friend. I loved the dreamy art style, which was absolutely gorgeous, and the cadence of the poem. I wasn't expecting the true story of Avery and her friend Dalton to be about organ donations, but I think this is an important story, good for both children who might need to process what organ donation means and kids who just love dreamy worlds. Overall, I liked this and would recommend it.
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This story is so well done.

The illustration brings back old childhood memories.

The innocence and the fun of childhood days are well sketched out in both the story and the artwork.

Love the presentation.

Everything clicks!

Thank you authors and the publisher for the advance reading copy.
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Beautifully illustrated picture book about a young girl who wakes up in a fantasy world to find her color has disappeared and, in seeking out her colors, meets a boy on his way to a distant island. The pair briefly travel together, parting with a gift that allows the girl to regain her colors. The end notes explain this title is an allegory for the true life story of a young child (Avery) who successfully receives the heart of 8-year old boy (Dalton) following his death in a cycling accident.y
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Avery wakes to find she herself in unfamiliar surroundings and has lost her color. Avery goes on a quest to find her colors. Making new friends along the way.

A beautiful written short story. My 9 year old daughter loved the story and the characters. The friendships that were made.
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This is the cute story of a little girl called Avery, who suddenly looses her colors and goes into the land of dreams to find them.
There, she meets a little boy called Dalton and they immediately become friends.

When Avery has to leave, Dalton gives her a beautiful pendant in the shape of a heart and they swear to stay soul friends for life. And with that, the curse is lifted and the little girl gets her colors back.

I found this story to be very sweet and the illustrations to be incredibly well done. But what added another layer to the story and made it better in my opinion, was that it was based on true events and it features an important message.

You see, Dalton and Avery were real kids.

Dalton was born in 2001 and was the older of four siblings. He had a vibrant personality and was very loved by his family and friends.

Avery was born in 2004, and same as Dalton, she was also loved. But she was born with a heart condition that prevented her from having a normal life.

In 2009, Dalton was unfortunately killed in an accident and his family made the decision to donate his organs. He saved four people, including Avery, who got his heart and from then on, she lives the life she had always deserved.

I didn't go into this expecting to read this kind of story, and yet, here we are! I have a deep respect for people who decide to donate their organs and their families, and the touching story of these two kids, made this book unique.

Lastly, I am very honoured that the publishing house chose me to be the first person to review this book. Thank you so much!
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