A True Home

A True Home

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"Charming and imaginative, and full of endearing characters who excel at kindness as only animals can. With stories that highlight the power of friendship, Heartwood Hotel is sure to leave readers eager to visit again." --Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of The Most Magnificent Thing

"If there's one thing Vancouver author Kallie George knows, it's how to create a tale full of whimsy." --Quill & Quire

Downton Abbey meets The Tale of Peter Rabbit in this heartwarming chapter book about a mouse discovering where she belongs.

When Mona the mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes the staff will 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 it's not all acorn soufflé and soft, moss-lined beds. Danger lurks nearby, and as it approaches, Mona has to use all her wits to protect the place she's come to love. Because this hotel is more than a warm shelter for the night. It might also be a home.

This delightfully enticing story of friendship, courage and community, sweetly illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, kicks off a new chapter-book series by the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency books.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781443443937
Characteristics: 162 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Graegin, Stephanie - Illustrator

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CatherineG_1 Feb 12, 2018

Recommended by Samantha, the Heartwood Hotel is the story of Mona, a little mouse who happens upon the hotel after her own home is washed away in a storm. Invited in for the night, Mona weaves herself into everyone's hearts. She also helps them solve challenging problems and makes sure everyone belongs!

Great story for character building.
Loved the motto of the hotel - We live by Protect and Respect not by Tooth and Claw.

4/5

samcmar Jan 27, 2018

Heartwood Hotel is such a cute series, and this first book was such a delight. Mona is such a sweet little heroine who starts out homeless and then stumbles open a beautiful hotel in the forest. I wanted to cuddle Mona throughout the story because she is so kind, but is full of determination. She's a great role model character for younger readers. Each character is so charming, though! I LOVED bossy Tilly, though she somewhat reminded me of my own mother.

This first book is just so comfortable, warm and cozy. It's the kind of book that you want to snuggle with a warm blanket and a hot drink. While there is some danger in the story, it's nothing too frighting, but it teaches children about finding strength in unlikely situations and how friendship can help solve bigger problems.

I also want to praise the illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, which I feel accompany the story so beautifully. I loved having the pictures side-by-side with the text, and I can only imagine how beautiful the artwork looks in the finished edition. This first book is so charming, and it's definitely one I will be recommending to younger readers when the opportunity arises.

Ms_Gaye Sep 09, 2017

A sweet story about an orphan mouse who finds a new home and friends. Great for reading aloud. Book 1 in the series. Ages 7-10.

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