Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
"Hiding Glory" by Laura Chester is a classic children's
book. It features a main young protagonist in her dual
setting of the real world juxtaposed with the incredible
glee of Joya. Turner is a grammar school girl who keeps
horse figurines in her room along with flowers. Then, one
day, a magical blue horse named Glory comes out of a
morning glory flower and invites her to Joya. There,
Turner learns the majestic yet silly ways of the land.
She ventures to this land when she is ready for bedtime.
This would make readers think Joya is just part of
Turner's dreaming subconscious, but Chester's vivid
descriptions say otherwise. Glory is actually a tiny
horse, but whenever he meets Turner, they match up to be
the same size so he can ride her to his lackadaisical land
of happiness and delight.
This book has many subtle undertones that the average
child may not pick up. The main antagonists are called
Kurmudgins, who love order, and hate any sort of fun. The
main adventure in the story involves Turner helping Glory
to make them less cantankerous--so to speak. This is the
order from the royal King and Queen. The Kurmudgins sound
awfully like curmudgeons, but children will most likely
not know this word. Still, there are other themes that
youngsters can understand. For one, the Golden Rule is
outlined: do unto others as you would have done unto
yourself. This is even spelled out in pure dialog by the
characters. Additionally, there is the moral of turning
the cheek when others are malevolent towards you.
Excellent lessons are alongside breathtaking illustrations
in this cherished book.
Reviewer Age: 17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA