Publisher: B. Singh
Publication Date: October 30, 2022
Page count: 298 pages
ISBN-10: 1738670414 / ISBN0-13: 9781738670413
Publication Date: October 17, 2022
Page count: 296 pages
ISBN-10: 1738670406 / ISBN-13: 978-1738670406
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
Page count: 266 pages
I was immediately taken with the story, especially when The Great Forest enabled Siba to communicate with the forest animals. The sights Siba encounters on his journey are fantastic, and I liked that it all started because of his love and compassion for Celine, the hungry sheep at his uncle’s house. Siba is a kind and soft-hearted boy, displayed by his actions throughout the book. Young readers will easily relate to this character and his gentle regard for others.
There is a darker, somber side to the story that, unfortunately, some readers may also be able to relate to. Siba’s uncle is an alcoholic, and the young boy must deal with his drunken and abusive behavior and, later, his death. The boy feels responsible for his drinking and death, but his “found” family of other villagers is there to support and help him overcome this.