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Milo and the Magical Stones

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A story about environmental choices where the reader gets to make the choice. “Milo is irresistible.” –School Library Journal

A mouse discovers an extraordinary stone that can bring delight or disaster to the world. Halfway through, the book splits into two sections, each offering a different ending.

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Overview

A story about environmental choices where the reader gets to make the choice. “Milo is irresistible.” –School Library Journal

A mouse discovers an extraordinary stone that can bring delight or disaster to the world. Halfway through, the book splits into two sections, each offering a different ending.

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Pfister (The Rainbow Fish) continues to appeal to the magpie instincts of the very young with his signature glittering foil overlays. In this tall-format book, about a mouse who finds a glowing stone that helps ward off the cold, dark days of winter, he adds an additional visual twist. At a pivotal point the remaining pages literally split in two horizontally, offering readers a choice between a "happy" and a "sad" ending….Pfister fans will definitely want to add this one to their collections. —- Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pfister The Rainbow Fish continues to appeal to the magpie instincts of the very young with his signature glittering foil overlays. In this tall-format book, about a mouse who finds a glowing stone that helps ward off the cold, dark days of winter, he adds an additional visual twist. At a pivotal point the remaining pages literally split in two horizontally, offering readers a choice between a "happy" and a "sad" ending. The high road finds Milo and his fellow mice heeding a wise elder's advice "If you take something from the island, you must give something in return" and acting in a responsible, environmentally thoughtful manner. The low road leads to greed, squabbling and destruction. It's a clever little parableif a trifle predictabletold in restrained, fluid prose. Pfister's characteristic soft-focus watercolors, rendered in quiet hues of grays, blues and greens, provide an effective counterpoint to the bright gold of the shiny stones. Pfister fans will definitely want to add this one to their collections. Ages 5-8. Sept.
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Milo, the mouse, lives on a deserted island. He and his friends spend most of their time searching for food. One day while foraging Milo discovers a special stone. It's so beautiful and shiny, and gives off such a glorious warmth that his friends want one, too. The charm of this story is not only Milo, but the choice of a happy and sad ending. Both endings hold a moral lesson that should make for some interesting discussions. Charmingly illustrated, and the special stone really glows!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Milo, a mouse who lives on a small mountain island, finds a glowing rock that provides both light and warmth on a cold winter night. Partway through the story, after a warning from wise Balthazar that if the mice take something from the island, they must return something, the book's pages are cut in half giving the story two different endings, one happy and one sad. These pages actually turn independently. While the two tales are well told, the first showing unselfish, caring mice, and the second the unfortunate consequences of greed, the contrivance makes the presentation heavy-handed, resulting in an offering that's more useful than entertaining. The watercolor illustrations are thoroughly engaging, and the golden rocks actually sparkle on the page. With his cocked ear and rotund figure, Milo is irresistible. It could well be that the lure of these island mice and the glamour of the golden rocks will be enough to entice readers over and over again.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735822535
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 641,690
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    Great Tear Jerker

    The adventures of Milo, the sacrifices that he made are beyond human understanding. This book made me cry beyond belief. I would recommend this book to all but bring a box of tissues. I'm 35 years old and this book made me cry. Milo is a brave mouse and deserves your attention from start to finish.

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