How the Blue-Tongued Skink got his Blue Tongue
by Mary Langer Thompson
Upon receiving an email from the author, Mary Langer Thompson, I couldn’t wait to receive How the Blue-Tongued Skink got his Blue Tongue. The story sounded like an entertaining story about an animal I knew nothing about and I thought it would be a fun way to learn more about the blue tongued skink.
When the book arrived, I flipped through the pages and noticed the colorful drawings by illustrator Samantha Kickingbird. As I glanced at some of the pages I noticed that the drawings were of Eve in the Garden of Eden. These pictures peaked my curiosity about the story because of this Biblical reference.
It took me a few days until I was able to sit down and read the story. Although I enjoyed the story, it wasn’t what I initially expected. I had thought the book was going to be about the history of the skink, that’s why seeing Eve in the story threw me off a bit, but instead it was more of a fable about the skink and how he presumably got his blue tongue.
The pictures were beautiful and the story was engaging and I can see little ones wanting to turn the pages to see the bold drawings and to find out more about Dinky. Although the Biblical story about the fall isn’t accurate, it’s still a fun story to read. Besides learning about Dinky, the story has added moral value to it as well with the snake trying to deceive Eve and how he tried to bully Dinky into joining in on the “fun”. These incidents in the story can lead to a discussion with your child about lying and bullying. So the book is both enjoyable and educational.
As for the fall story which is used to share how Dinky got his blue tongue, if you are a Christian or believe in the Bible, this story can open the doorway to discussing the Bible’s version of the fall and how these two stories differ. I don’t think it’ll retract from the true Biblical story of the fall, but I think you would want to clarify some of the points with your young reader so that they are not confused about the two stories. It can even be a fun “find the difference” game where the child has to point out where Dinky’s story is different from the story we read in the Bible.
Mary Langer Thompson wrote a charming story and Samantha Kickingbird drew some amazing pictures and together these two aspects will draw in the reader. Dinky is a likable character and I believe that kids will relate to Dinky and the situation he finds himself in with the snake. They’ll learn through Dinky’s story some great values about staying true to who they are and doing the right thing. Overall I am very pleased with How the Blue-Tongued Skink got his Blue Tongue and will definitely recommend this book to parents of young children.
*** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ***