After dragons, in the form of spell-bound dragonflies tell Iris she is their long-awaited Dragon Seer, Iris takes the first step toward her destiny by challenging the greedy mayor who wants to destroy the local creek, the dragonflies' home. But evil never works alone and a man with his own mysterious connections to Iris will do anything to stop her.
I absolutely loved this book. Iris' journey of self discovery was beautifully told. Starting with a very devastating moment for Iris, this book catches you right away. At times I became upset with Iris' father, Declan, who always seemed to be trying to stop her wonderful imagination. He could be a bit discouraging. But where he discouraged, Iris' mother, Rhea, uplifted her. Rhea was a very understanding mother, and I could tell how much she wanted her daughters to be happy. Iris' older sister, Bella, was a typical older sister. A little grouchy, maybe a little jealous of Iris.
One of my favorite parts was when Iris and her family travel to Ireland. The Irish dialect was beautifully shown, especially when Cormac was speaking. The wonderful stories that Cormac and Iris' grandmother told were fun to read. I felt like I was getting an entertaining history lesson throughout the book.
Another thing about this book that I love is that the teacher, Ms. Aldrich is teaching her students to save the Earth. In our time, this is a great lesson for children, and I think that it will help to make them interested when they read about it in Iris And the Dragonflies.
The details of the dragonflies, the creek, and all the places in Ireland are so beautiful. I would love to go see that crumbly castle, or that peaceful creek. In my mind those places have taken form thanks to Rosemary Danielis' wonderful descriptions. The artwork in the book was also very beautiful.
This book would be great for middle school students and older. I truly enjoyed it, and I cannot wait until I can share it with my own children. Rosemary Danielis will by on my authors to watch list. I cannot wait to continue on in Iris' journey and see what else Danielis has in store! You can find our more information about Iris And the Dragonflies on Rosemary Danielis' website and also her Facebook fan page.
Rating:5 out of 5
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