Review by dtb -- Serendipity Mystery by R.F. Kristi

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Review by dtb -- Serendipity Mystery by R.F. Kristi

Post by dtb » 11 Jun 2018, 19:21

[Following is a volunteer review of "Serendipity Mystery" by R.F. Kristi.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat is the seventh book in the Inca Cat Detective Series by R.F. Kristi. Kristi tells the story of Inca, who goes on vacation with her family to Sri Lanka. They spend the first day at the sparkling beach. Later, they learn that robbers took a sword and gold coins from the local museum. Inca and her animal friends team-up to try to save the artifacts and find the robbers even though they are on vacation and experiencing lots of exciting new things. Inca chronicles their adventures in her diary.

I appreciate the diversity of characters and activities that are included in the story. Inca and her squad take a train ride, visit a tea plantation, and go on a driving safari. They meet a lot of new animal friends such as a sea turtle, a baby elephant, a python, and leopards. They experience cultural differences and learn about Sri Lanka’s lovely beaches and historical sites.

The format, visual elements, and typography of the book are cheerful. The illustrations are amusing and include fun details. I especially liked the one showing Inca dreaming of herself in the garb of royalty because she is being “crowned by angels as the best detective cat on the planet.” Another fun illustration shows a wide-eyed robber as he skulks on tip-toes away from the scene of the crime.

The author includes a variety of useful messages and behavior modeling for kids in the story. One passage, a helpful example of positive self-talk, reads: “Then, all of a sudden, the bright moon came out like a friendly soul, and my courage returned. I told myself that I could deal with this situation.” The story also emphasizes how much Inca values and appreciates her family. They don’t give up on themselves or each other, and they work as a team. The characters cooperate to help others and put their particular talents to good use. For example, even Rani, a little turtle, can help. Rani swims from the beach all the way out to a boat to investigate a clue.

Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat is meant for kids ages 7-12. In addition to casual reading at home, this book would be great for classroom and homeschool use because Kristi uses some challenging vocabulary words and several very brief mentions of fascinating information about Sri Lanka. These facts spice up the story and provide great prompts for additional research and discussion. For example, we learn that Sri Lanka is home to the oldest living tree known to be planted by a human. Naturally, I had to learn more about that.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat provides ample opportunities to start conversations and engage with kids about the animals, geography, and culture of Sri Lanka. It’s the kind of book that is fun to read but also delivers a lot of interesting facts. It has a variety of wholesome messages for kids and will help parents highlight traits and behaviors that will help them in life.

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Post by dtb » 12 Jun 2018, 18:00

I'd love to hear what you think of this book or my review. Please leave a comment.

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Post by Nimat87 » 13 Jun 2018, 09:28

I think I'm beginning to fall in love with books written for children, even though I'm not one. I love the happiness and peace they bring me just through reading. Most of all, you're transported back to your own childhood, when you had no worries at all. I really enjoyed reading your review of this book; it was entertaining to read and comprehensive. Some of the important lessons I understand it teaches are service to others and family values.
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Post by dtb » 13 Jun 2018, 19:05

I agree with you about children's books. I really like illustrations too, for the same reasons you mention.

Thank you for taking the time to make such a thoughtful comment.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 15 Jun 2018, 02:19

It's a very interesting and mature story series in the children genre. This book is a good source of information about different cultures. Children would love it. Thanks for your thorough review.
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Post by dtb » 15 Jun 2018, 07:43

Sarah Tariq wrote:
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It's a very interesting and mature story series in the children genre. This book is a good source of information about different cultures. Children would love it. Thanks for your thorough review.
I agree! Thanks for taking the time to comment on my review.

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Post by Cotwani » 19 Jun 2018, 10:34

Wow! Your review makes me want to run get the book! Such a fun packed adventure that is educational as well has the potential to hook kids onto a reading culture even as adults.
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Post by Kibetious » 27 Jun 2018, 16:05

This is a nice review. Thanks a lot for it. I also support the idea that kids have a lot of ideals to learn from this book. Specifically, I like the idea of appreciating the family and working together as a team. It is a nice lesson and that is applicable as well.
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Post by kfwilson6 » 05 Jul 2018, 15:08

This sounds like a very well-rounded book. Lots going on. And I've always heard Sri Lanka is beautiful, clean, and a wonderful tourist spot. That is really cool about the tree. I may just have to review this one myself.

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Post by Lu_rire » 12 Jul 2018, 07:06

I reviewed another book in the series and I also felt that the book was great for inspiring interest in geography. I also especially like Inca who is a fun character to follow.

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