Lily Hart stepped into the long yard, breathing in the scent of the dewy grass. In the distance, nestled behind a grove of trees, was the barn her parents had turned into the Helping Paw Wildlife Hospital.
Lily Hart and Jess Forester are best, best friends. After following a magical cat, Goldie, these two have adventures in Friendship Forest where they meet plenty of lovely animals. But it isn't all sweetness, for, these two also meet some unlovely creatures who threaten the magical world. The villains (get ready to boo and hiss) are Grizelda, the witch, and her team of Boggits. (The boggits are super annoying.)
The first book in the series introduces readers to the characters and to Friendship Forest. There is even a map. The girls do have a complete adventure, involving rescuing a bunny, Lucy Longwhiskers. The book ends with a promise of more adventures in the future...
Jess Forester and her best friend, Lily Hart, were in the kitchen of the little house where Jess lived with her dad, finishing their lunch. "I'm so full!" said Lily, patting the front of her T-shirt. "Your dad's pizzas are amazing." Jess grinned. "It's lucky you live across the road so you can come over whenever he makes them."
Jess and Lily have a second adventure in Molly Twinkletail Runs Away. The two are once again visited by Goldie the Cat and invited to return to Friendship Forest. I can't remember if they know of Grizelda's next schemes before they visit, or, shortly after. Regardless, the two find themselves in a position once again to save Friendship Forest from the nasty, evil villains. And saving Friendship Forest, of course, involves also saving at least one cute, lovely animal.
"Peep! Peep!" "Dad," Lily Hart called, "the ducklings are hungry!" "Give them some seeds to keep them happy," her dad said, clearing the work table where he treated sick animals. "I'll check on them in a moment."
A third adventure. What can I say? The two girls, Lily and Jess, go with Goldie the cat, once again to Friendship Forest. They meet more cute, lovely animals. Of course, there's danger and an opportunity for these two to be heroes once more. Grizelda and the Boggits always have to be stopped before the end of the book...
Lily Hart couldn't tear herself away from the box of kittens her dad had just brought into the examining room. Neither could her best friend, Jess Forester.
A fourth adventure. Lily and Jess must save an oh-so-precious but mischievous kitten in this one. In addition they also have to save Friendship Forest again.
Did I enjoy reading these series books? I can't say that they're recommended reading for adults. Recommended for adults to read aloud, perhaps. But the books are much too predictable and over-the-top in preciousness to read for the fun of it. I can easily imagine this series as a cartoon series from the early nineties.
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