I am always honored when I am contacted to review products and I was lucky to have been choosen to review three books by Susan Spira: Tinky’s Magic Cookies, Tinky and the Dragon, and Tinky and the Baby Butterflies.
When I saw that the books a had a dog as it main character (you know how we love animals in this house) I knew that I would love these books, but even better was the dog was Shih-Tzu, the kind of dog I had when I was a child. Not the greatest picture but below is me with my Nanny (Grandma) when I was just a small baby, with the ever watchful Ling-Ling. She would sleep under my crib and alert my parents when I would cry. She never took her eyes off of me. So from the start I had a sentimental reaction to the books.
Each book is about a magical journey that Tinky takes which she ends up directly or indirectly helping others. Whimsically illustrated by Julie Leiman Weaver. My favorite in the series is Tinky’s Magic Cookies. It has upbeat moral to the story is to find the strength (aka magic) that lies within you. I think Tinky explains it best when she explains her magic cookies
Sometimes when you are scared or feeling blue,
You forget what’s inside of you.
You forget to believe in “you”
And that is the
magic that pulls us through.
I would recommend the books for ages 4 and up, and I think that they would appeal to young girls because of the colors and story lines.