The Hyrax Song
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The Hyrax Song
Book Two in The Pearls of Wisdom Series
Stories Inspired by a Biblical Proverb
What Can Possibly Stop an Army of Millions?
Journee is not only a mouse but a princess who loves adventure, especially when she has them alongside her best friends, Mr. Toad, Mr. Owl, and Mr. Steed. Not long after their very first escapade together, finding the legendary Pond of Reflection, the four companions find themselves in yet another wild exploit, that is decidedly dangerous and threatens the entire kingdom.
On one lovely fall day, the friends have no idea what is in store for them when they discover a furry blob on top of a boulder, a rock hyrax, and learn of a message for Journee’s father, the Great Mouse King. Mr. Badger’s message warns the king of a formidable army of locusts gathering on the kingdom’s northern border in the Great Plains by the sea. The king and his Council devise an unlikely plan to not only help the locusts but hopefully thwart the significant threat they pose to the kingdom. This plan’s success will require the help of every kingdom animal, great and small, and a very special gift of the rock hyraxes, who live in the crags of the High Western Mountain.
This adventure story is inspired by the Biblical Proverb 30:24-28 (NKJV) and communicates the morals of helping your neighbor, that power can come in small packages, and the effectiveness of working together.
The Hyrax Song is a children’s chapter book for ages 9 and up.
Where To Buy
The Hyrax Song, 2nd Ed., published March 6, 2022. It is currently available on Amazon in eBook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook. It is also distributed by IngramSpark to online bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite, 2022
The Hyrax Song (Pearls of Wisdom Series Book 2) is a work of fiction in the fantasy and adventure subgenres, and it forms the second installment of the series. This work by Catherine Ann Russell and artist Brooke Connor is intended for children. We follow a series of adorable animal creatures on a quest to find the truest version of themselves in this short tale based on Biblical messages of goodwill to others. Our protagonist, the mouse Princess Journee, must band together with friends old and new to save her father’s kingdom from a dark fate that awaits. In doing so, she will encounter all different kinds of personalities and ideas and learn to embrace others with acceptance and cooperation.
I enjoy children’s works that have a clear moral message but also manage to tell a compelling story without simply turning it into another sermon or lecture on Biblical morals. Catherine Ann Russell achieves this beautifully in this succinct but memorable work that independent readers will certainly enjoy escaping into. To add to the layers of clever storytelling and positive theming, the illustrations by Brooke Connor make the story come to life for those whose imaginations need a little more of a nudge. The combined approach gives a unique personality to Journee and each of her lovable friends, making readers even more invested in the outcome of their adventures. The Hyrax Song will certainly please fans of the first work in the series, and newcomers will adore discovering a new storytelling style from a creative team with an uplifting message to share.
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