Otu’s Feather by J. A. Siggens Illustrated by Vivian Mcmeekin #BookReview #4*

The story of a boy who is growing up in a wooded forest village.

The actual location could be anywhere on Earth: North, Central or South America. the British Isles, Western or Central Europe , Nordic lands, Australia; in fact, any country that has boys, families and woods.

Like the geography, the time period is incidental and could be last year or centuries ago.

Lessons learned are as important to the reader as to the characters, themselves.

Above all, you must Believe!

Absolutely Delightful!

A lovely gentle tale with a hidden message, perfect for young children!

Otu is a boy who lacks self confidence and desperately wants to be like the others, happy and never full of doubt. He is given not only advice, but also a feather; however the magic ingredient is to believe.

This is a truly lovely story, and an ideal one to read with a child lacking self esteem. Well written, at a gently pace which will allow space for a chat along the way. Building confidence in our children isn’t always easy and this is a very useful tool as well as a good read. Beautifully illustrated, this will be a great addition to any child’s library and will easily open the way to boosting their confidence. A recommended read, and one I’m happy to give four stars.

My thanks to Vivian McMeekin for bringing this book to my attention; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags; children’s fiction

Author Details

J.A. Siggens graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. His career jobs were as a music programmer for 3M Company, a financial planner for American Express, promotions director with a major mall in the Pacific Northwest and management of a bus company in the Seattle area. He
always thought about writing a book.
Upon retiring from the real world of business, his wife asked if he would ever write down the story he’d told her about. A young boy who lived in the woods was challenged by thoughts of self-improvement. The boy needed a solid goal and guidance to achieve it.
And so began the quest for the right words, the right images and the right storytelling to bring Otu and his friends to life.
It has been an interesting journey.

Illustrator Details

Vivian Estelle McMeekin was born in Puyallup, Washington, and grew up in the foothills of Mount Rainier. She had a passion for art from an early age, and began taking lessons at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center when she was around seven years old, where she studied under Peggi Rowe, Aletha Deuel and Fred Oldfield.

Her early work was primarily pen and ink comic strips which she wrote and illustrated with her older brother. Now she works in a wide variety of mediums, styles and subject matter. She draws inspiration from her rustic living and tries to incorporate a bit of old-fashioned charm into everything she creates.

Vivian enjoys reading and writing fiction in her spare time, and hopes to eventually combine this endeavor with her artwork.

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