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What disappointed you about The Ice Veil Tales, Volume One?
This set of stories was supposed to somehow help children find their "inner sense", yet it created a trail of confusing characters, an empty moral lesson, and cutesy writing that sometime rhymed. "Inhale, exhale, and trust in the ice veil" was the mantra. The characters never solved their own problems; they were just magically fixed after breathing and believing in some sort of symbol. Was this a religious story? The first couple of times it happened in the story, I just assumed the author was building the mechanics of the theme. By the third time, I realized it was a vapid mantra woven in to a story that held about as much water as the ice veil. The great finale of the girl somehow pulling herself out of a hypothermia induced coma was laughable. My child's favorite part was, "chocolate. I want to eat chocolate."
What was most disappointing about Ora Munter’s story?
The cute character names were a distraction and the story flowed poorly. Perhaps the written/illustrated version flows better. My child kept asking me who was a character that suddenly popped in to the story. Also, the theme to mindfulness just fell short.
What about Joanie Jacobson’s performance did you like?
Considering how mind numbing the story was, the reader did an excellent job.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ice Veil Tales, Volume One?
I definitely would have cut out the whole last section where the mom wants to kill her daughter. How did the story go from ice-cream themed characters flying through space to a mother wanting her daughter to die because she wasn't pretty enough?
Any additional comments?
I thought my 6 year would enjoy hearing a good story about believing in oneself and having kindness and respect for others. Instead, we went through what felt liked some sort of drug induced adventure. I could not wait for the story to end.