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Plant, Maria R.

Illustrated by Veronika Martenova Charles. Toronto, Three Trees Press, c1985. 56pp, paper, 0-88823-095-8 (cloth) $11.95, 0-88823-096-6 (paper) $4.95. CIP

Grades 3-5
Reviewed by Janice Foster

Volume 14 Number 4
1986 July

In this, her first novel, Marcia Plant has provided the young reader with an interesting mixture of fantasy and real life. The contemporary setting allows the child to readily identify with Robin and her magical adventure.

With the discovery of a magical merry-go-round, Robin, the girl with the strange haircut, finds herself on a miniature world. Here she discovers Reem, a tiny boy who has lost his memory. Following their return home, Robin finds herself confronted with several problems. She must try to locate Reem's missing father and help Reem regain his memory and size. At the same, time, Robin tries to avoid the inquisitive Primrose Violet and her friend Bully, as well as the questions of her mother. Excitement and adventure follow. The finding of Reem's father and its effect on Robin and her mother concludes the story with a surprise ending.

Robin and the Rainbow should appeal to the child who enjoys a combination of fiction and fantasy. The author's humorous portrayal of the characters, together with the charming black-and-white illustrations, allows for easy-flowing, enjoyable reading. The element of the magical merry-go-round, and the strange worlds it travels to, provides an interesting twist to the story line and introduces wizardry and fantasy into a fourth grader's world. This easy-to-read novel will provide light entertainment for the young reader.

Janice Foster, Winnipeg, Man.
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