About the Book
When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffl and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it approaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home. This delightfully enticing start of a new chapter book series tells a tale of friendship, courage, and community, with exquisite black-and-white illustrations throughout..
My Take on the Book
This is the first book of two that I read about characters at Heartwood Hotel. This particular one introduced you to the hotel and the purpose it was was established. This is a really sweet book about friendship, courage and community. The reader will become involved with the characters challenges, pasts, and how they overcome issues with the other animals at the hotel.
To tell you just a little bit, Mona the mouse happens to arrive at the Heartwood Hotel. She has no money to stay but the head of the hotel, Mr. Heartwood, hires her as a maid. Time and time again, Mona illustrates to the other animals how loyal she is to protecting them. The reader will learn her courage as the hotel and its inhabitants are threatened by wolves. She gains their trust and friendship and becomes a permanent inhabitant and maid of the hotel.
Such a wonderful chapter book for a child to read independently or for a child and parent to read together.
This book is actually two. To read the second book, you flip the book over to read HEARTWOOD HOTEL: THE GREATEST GIFT by Kallie George
Once again we see all the characters who are part of the staff at the Heartwood Hotel, but this time the danger is a terrific storm brings about some food shortages. They find someone is stealing food and when the hibernating animals at the hotel wake up early and begin to eat, there is even a worse problem. There is a huge food shortage.
Once again Mona, the mouse, helps to solve the mystery. Within the mystery is a great reunion for Tilly, the squirrel.
There is adventure and finding trust. There is problem solving and using their instincts . The animals work together to keep Heartwood Hotel and its guests safe and happy.
I enjoyed this part of the Heartwood Hotel story as much as the first one. Your child will too. It is a logical sequence to read and enjoy the second one. There is still the courage of the animals, the friendship, the trust, and compassion. Just like humans as they got through challenges.
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