Welcome back to our September First Chapter, First Paragraph Reviews.
September is Children’s Books month so today we will be showcasing an older book for younger kids.
Milo and the Magical Stones
North-South Books 1997
“In the middle of the sea there was an island, and on this island lived Milo and the other cliff mice. They loved their island. It provided them with food and shelter and protection from the rough storms that pounded waves against the cliffs. ”
With art work resembling watercolors, this tall book tells the tale of a cliff mouse who finds a glowing stone, one that all the mice want for their own. This thought provoking story has two endings, making the reader become involved in the decision making process and showing them that there are consequences inherent in all decisions. Translated from Swiss German, it retains a simple other worldliness to the prose.
Unlike a lot of children’s picture books, Milo and The Magical Stones has videos and lesson plans for teachers online. What makes this story different and yet also beloved for over 20 years? What about it resonate so well with parents and children alike?
Would you be willing to read this book? Why or why not? Drop us a line and let us know.
Once again we are back for our weekly “reviews”. In this series we will offer the first paragraph of the first chapter of a book, some new, some old and out of print and a synopsis of the plot to see if this will be of interest. In honor of the start of the school year, September will be children’s books month. We will “review” books for younger readers from Kindergarten to Jr. Highschool, offer the Lexile level (if available)and note if it something in our inventory or not. The intent behind this simple. Children tend to stick with what they like to read, and the books used for most language classes tend to be not typically something to catch a child’s attention. By offering a selection of lesser know, out of print or small press titles this gives the child a chance to read something different, develop a wider world view and, hopefully, create a love of reading.
The other aspect of this series is that most people tend to decide what they want to read by the cover art, or by the blurb on the back. We all know not to judge a book by the cover because sometimes the artist has no idea what the book is really about. By offering a preview of the opening paragraph it will give the reader a chance to see the language, flow and possibly the hook of the story. This is not a traditional review, as we will not discuss the plot of the book at all. For a more traditional review, please go to our goodreads page. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/120840365-elizabeth-campbell where we will start posting this week.
It is our hope that you join us for this month of books and that you comment on what your opinion of the books selected are. First up is:
Lola the Buhund and the Empty Sky
No lexlie reading level.
“The night was damp, yet there was no rain. For almost thirteen years, there had been no light in the sky. Likewise, there had been no clouds, no rain, and no snow—the sky was completely bare. The disappearance of the sun, the moon, and the stars had left the country of Prithvi in a state of limbo. Long ago the tide had stopped and the wind had ceased to blow; the ground grew cold and the forests withered anddied.”
Born into a world of darkness, Lola has never seen the sun, but a chance encounter with some strangers sets her off on a quest to discover the fate of her world and what really happened to the light.
Does this sound like a book you’d like to read? Why or why not?