Gertrude and the Magical Fish

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Page Publishing Inc, Jan 17, 2014 - Juvenile Fiction - 28 pages

 For many years, Gertrude has lived in the magical Avalon with her best friend and cat, Mr. Whiskers. It’s a wonderful place where she has everything she needs except one thing – a person to keep her company. With her family long gone, Gertrude must find someone to keep her company and she finds it in the most unlikely place imaginable – a talking fish! Together, she and Leeka, the fish, form a bond and become great friends but just as Gertrude became lonely, so does Leeka and they must decide to do what’s best for themselves and their friendship.


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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Gertrude and the Magic Fish is a children’s book written by Angela Emily Neveins and illustrated by Mahfuja Selim. Once upon a time there a little old
lady named Gertrude who lived at Avalon. It was a very nice place to live, but her family had grown up and left home, leaving her to live alone with her cat, Mr. Whiskers. They had a happy and contented life. Gertrude raised beautiful flowers and delicious fruit and took long walks. She was happy, but she missed her family. One day, when she was taking a walk by a peaceful stream, she was overcome with her emotions and began to cry. A fish swam by and discovered the old woman sobbing. After asking why, the fish became a cute little girl with bulging eyes. The child, Leeka, came to live with Gertrude, who loved and treated her like a granddaughter. After quite some time, Leeka began to miss her family. Gertrude encouraged her to return to the water and be a fish again. While Gertrude missed Leeka, she knew she had done the right thing.
Gertrude and the Magic Fish is a delightful read, demonstrating that sometimes you have to let go of the ones you love. The illustrations are beautifully done with bright colors. I love the way the illustrator created faces that conveyed the emotions of the characters. The story is cute and easy to understand. I would suggest this book for preschoolers and lower elementary students. This tale will be a nice addition to a child’s book shelf or a classroom shelf.

About the author (2014)

 Angela Emily Neveins is a Jamaican born author. She grew up and lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. Currently residing in Houston, Texas, Angela has worked hard to set a fine example for her five children. By overcoming the negativity which prevented her from writing for so long, Angela is hoping to set an example for her children, the way Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Mia Angelou, and Terry McMillian, have inspired her that anyone can achieve their dreams.

Angela owes thanks to the support of her mother, her brother Reggie and his wife Bianca.

When she is not writing, Angela enjoys exercising, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, watching sports and movies, and traveling.

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