Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne Walker
What would you feel like if it rained, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, for years and years and years? The Village of Mush used to be called the Village of Lush when it had lush green fields, rolling hills, abundant food, and gorgeous flowers year round. But then, it started to rain. And it rained and it rained and it rained. Now the village is nothing but muck and mud, and that is why it is known as the Village of Mush.
Ti Ana is a young girl living in the Village of Mush who remembers when things were better and wonders why it is raining all the time. The people usually answer, “It’s just the way it is.” But Ti Ana is not satisfied and determines to find out why, so she leaves the village, falls through the muck into a huge lake, is saved by a giant frog, and finally meets a giant named Aspiron. Will they be able to determine what is causing the rain? And if so, will they be able to do anything about it?
I reviewed another “Modern Day Fairy Tale” by Ilia, The Bouncing Boy, back in May. Like it and fairy tales in general, Ti Ana and the Giant has an important moral or lesson. Ti Ana is a girl who will not accept the status quo without knowing why. And as she seeks to find answers to her questions, she perseveres, saying, “Yes I can, Yes I can, I can do it, I know I can.” Also, the reader will be impressed with the need to take care of the land in which we live. Children will undoubtedly enjoy reading this book, and they will also learn something from it.