When seven-year-old Lily has to do Show and Tell at her new school, her tummy fills with everything from butterflies to buffalos. She has just moved into a family shelter with her mother, and feels she has nothing to show. The Magic Beads is a heartwarming story about the power of imagination and storytelling to help heal past wounds, conquer anxiety and create wonder.
"A wonderful book - sensitive, wise and appealing ... Highly recommended."
"... It seems as though publishers, and authors, are terrified of telling children anything about the wrongs and injustices of the world until they reach the age of twelve ... Susin Nielsen-Fernlund's newest picture book, "The Magic Beads," attempts to redress this woeful state of affairs ... (the) story is simply wondrous."
-Lyceum Book Review
"Show-and-tell is coming, and seven-year-old Lily has nothing to bring. Lily, you see, is living at a women's shelter because her dad has a temper. Susin Nielsen-Fernlund - a local screenwriter - keeps the social-work factor low while speaking with honesty and charm about the many colors that bravery comes in ..."
-The Georgia Straight
"Abuse, family breakups, moving away, abandoning possessions, living in an unfamiliar location, loss of privacy, financial hardship, and new beginnings are the realities for many children today. This storybook provides a context for discussion with youngsters about sensitive issues in a non-threatening way. Highly recommended."