Book Review: Xiomara the Xiphodon by Sally Lee Baker

Xiphodons are supposed to be extinct camel-like mammals that existed a long time ago. However, Xiomara is a xiphodon and is not extinct. Xerxes and Xavier, two xenurines, created exhibits all around the xyris field and beyond, inviting xiphodons to a party. Number 24 in a series of ABC alliterative stories, “Xiomara The Xiphodon” emphasizes each letter “x” or “X” with a bold font. Children will enjoy the fun story while learning the many uses of the letter “X” and finding the hidden letter in each picture.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Wilbur Wolf a while back that focused on the letter W. Xiomara the Xiphodon is the next book in this series and it obviously emphasizes the letter X. I am super impressed by how many “X” words the author was able to use while coming up with a story that children will enjoy. There were several words that I didn’t know so I got to learn something too.

Experts say that xiphodons are extinct so Xiomara’s friends who are xenurines (armadillos) throw a party for xiphodons hoping to find her a friend of the same species. Will any xiphodons show up or is she actually the last one?

Not only is the story cute but the illustrations are adorable and will help keep the attention of young children.

I have the next book in the series, Yukon’s Yodeling Yaks that I’m going to read tonight and I’ll post a review for it tomorrow. It looks just as delightful as Xiomara the Xiphodon.

About the Author

Sally Lee Baker is incredibly excited to announce that she has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Finalist in the Children’s Fiction Category for her books, “Toni Tanager” and “Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture”.

Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the Book Excellence Awards competition, her books were selected for their high quality writing, design and overall market appeal.

To view her complete award listing, you can visit:!/Toni-Tanager-Childrens-Fiction/p/143373756/category=36034731 and/or!/Vinny-the-Vegetarian-Vulture-Childrens-Fiction/p/178508618/category=46250245

“Toni Tanager” was released in 2018 and is about Toni Tanager, a small bird, who teases two three-toed tree toads until Terri Tanager takes her to task to treat the tree toads like she would like to be treated.

“Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture” was released in 2019 and is about a vulture who claims to be a vegetarian. The virtuous Violet Vole videos Vinny to vet his claim.

The books are perfect for elementary students and teachers who want to increase vocabulary.

You can get copies for yourself on Amazon or by ordering through your favorite bookstore.

Sally Lee Baker, storyteller, author and illustrator wrote her first tongue twisters for kids using the letter “B” in a Writing for Juveniles class in college. After marrying, raising two girls and then reading to grandchildren, she was inspired to write alliterative stories using each letter of the alphabet.

Not knowing where to turn for a good illustrator, Sally attempted some drawings herself. After several efforts she surprised herself at being able to draw characters which she could scan on to her computer to color and manipulate through a drawing program. By the time she wrote the “H” alliterative story she was able to do all the drawing on the computer alone.

As library clerk at her local public school she had many opportunities to read to students and note which books were well received and which were not. With one daughter and family near Edmonton, Alberta, Sally takes advantage of visits there to read in other public schools.

Sally and her husband, Ted, have retired as missionaries, from SEND International and live near their other daughter and family in Faro, Yukon Territory of Canada.

Twitter: Sally Lee Baker