"The Little Gnome" was written by Sheri Fink and illustrated by Mary Erikson Washam. This children’s story begins by introducing the Little Gnome to readers. Little Gnome was happy as he enjoyed the beautiful flowers, the singing birds, the whispering wind and the warm sunshine in the Victorian garden. He was sure he lived in the most perfect garden. His friends liked to visit the Little Gnome in his garden. One day the Little Gnome noticed something different: the air was getting cooler, the days were shorter and the leaves on the trees changed color and fell to the ground. One morning the Little Gnome saw white powder on the ground. It was cold and he was sad. When the Little Gnome was sad he was grouchy. He missed his friends and the warm sunshine. But then he heard laughter and experienced something he had never experienced before.
"The Little Gnome" is a delightful book. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. They lend much to the text. The plot is cute, interesting and well done. It will appeal well to children. This tale teaches the difference in the seasons and what we can enjoy about each one. Parents and teachers alike will want a copy of this book to read to their children. One of my favorite lines in the book is on page 25: “The Little Gnome now understood that there’s something to look forward to and celebrate in every season.” The moral of this story is, “When you look for the positive in every change, you will always find something to appreciate and enjoy.” This is a must read book!