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September First Chapter, First Paragraph “Review”: Milo and the Magical Stones

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

Marcus Pfister

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.

Happy Reading .

 

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