TRAVELS WITH ELLYN BY FRANCES ELLEN WALSH This is a fairy tale like no other I have ever read. It has a lot of sophistication and real life lessons, ones that we can all take back with us into our lives. Walsh’s story is about empowerment and self-expression. There are elements of the magical and mystical woven right into the story. It is a masterpiece that is not often seen in adventure fairy tales. Each episode in the book exemplifies a law of the universe. The story also has a very positive philosophy one that we need to appropriate into our time and that what we see in others is directly linked of how you perceive these people and what is contained in you. This is a great message for the younger person as well, given our difficult cultural times. As the reader explores these universes with Ellyn and the people who travel with her, we can all make similar discoveries about ourselves. We too can also follow their example and be the best version of ourselves. This story can be read by the younger reader and also it can be enjoyed by the older reader. There is so much to take in between the pages of this wonderful story. The pages of the book are also filled with stunning artwork from John S. Atkinson. These pieces of artwork will move the reader to a place of thought and reflection. I really enjoyed the metaphysical overtones in the story being a philosopher. I will definitely recommend this book to people in my immediate reading circle of friends. Rating: 5 stars Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth