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ABC Book of Shadows
Written by Katie Lyndon Olivares and illustrated by April Choi
Review by Robin “Mama Porcupine” Woodruff
This is a darling beginner book for a young Pagan child. It focuses on Celtic Wiccan symbolism, including the 8 Celtic Sabbats and mentioning the Triple Goddess and the Horned God. The four elements are depicted on Choi’s drawings of altars, as well as the elementals; gnomes, salamanders, fairies and water sprites. Olivares works in good qualities such as justice, “harm none”, karma, visioning, dance and song. The book is also multicultural, depicting a wide variety of cultures and skin tones in the illustrations.
But I always think the true test of an author of ABC books comes when they have to come up with a bit for “X”. Olivares cleverly worked it in the verse, “X is used in equinox. Day equals Night.” The lilting, rhyming verses are fun to read without too great a stretch in metered syllables.
This sturdy cardboard book will hold up thru a child’s toddlerhood and last into their more active years. The illustrations with lots of little details will continue to delight a child year after year as they grow in understanding.
- Mama Porcupine