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Queen Emily's Enchanted Kingdom

Sugarland by Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson is a book about a young girl whose dreams take her into an enchanted kingdom where she magically becomes Queen of the land. In this particular story, Queen Emily gets a very valuable lesson in why it's not a good idea to eat too many sweets and the problems that it will cause in doing so.

While Sugarland appears to be written for a child between the ages of 3 to 5 years old, based on the lesson it' trying to teach, there are some fairly large words in it that children under the age of 7 or 8 would get hung up on pronouncing and would need to be explained as well as defined. The pictures were cute and colorful. Those will draw the reader in. They would captivate and delight any young child that it would be read to.

I would suggest that an adult read this with their children though due to the occurrence of larger words such as gastronomical. That way they can explain certain words. Plus, by reading together it can open up the lines of communication for discussions about other things that the book would lead into.

All in all I would give this book a 3.5.

Book Blurb for Sugarland

When Emily goes to sleep at night, her dreams take her into an Enchanted Kingdom. She is transformed into Queen Emily, the ruler of the land. Her most beloved friend and favorite bedtime stuffy, comes alive and together, they solve the mystery of the candy covered Kingdom. In the process, Queen Emily learns an important lesson about what can happen when you eat too many treats!

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 3.50