HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Labyrinth
Authors: Thomas Weck and Peter Weck
Illustrator: Len DiSalvo
Publisher: Lima Bear Press, 2012
Related website: www.limabearpress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Weck, Thomas and Peter. The Labyrinth (published in 2012 by Lima Bear Press LLC, 2305 MacDonough Rd., Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19805). Do you know what a labyrinth is? Kind and good King Limalot Bear has ruled the kingdom of Beandom for many years, but now he has grown too old and makes his daughter, Princess Belinda Bean, the new queen. Everyone is happy, that is except for jealous Mean Ol’ Bean, who wants to be king instead. Belinda loves flowers, so he decides to get rid of her by luring her into a labyrinth or maze near the castle which has a magic flower garden in its center and trapping her there forever so that he can be king. However, Lima Bear’s cousin, L. Joe Bean, who is very small but is also the wisest man in the kingdom, learns about Mean Ol’ Bean’s plot. What can L. Joe Bean do to save the Queen? Will Queen Belinda be captured or will she be able to escape? And what will happen to Mean Ol’ Bean?
The Labyrinth is book number four in “The Lima Bear Stories.” Lima Bear and his friends are small, bean-sized creatures. I have previously had the privilege of reading and reviewing The Megasaurus, How Back-Back Got His Name, and The Cave Monster. Each one presents an important message, and the take-away lesson from this fourth volume is to have room in your heart for forgiveness. Children also will be introduced to having to deal with the problem of jealousy, which often results from something which they did innocently, and will learn that one doesn’t have to be large to accomplish good things. A couple of pages in the back of the book contain questions for before, during, and after reading and some hands-on activities to “Extend the Learning.” This is a story that will be both entertaining and meaningful whether read alone or read aloud.