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Polo and the Magic Flute
     

Polo and the Magic Flute

by Regis Faller
 

BY SEA, BY BUS, OR BY MAGIC CARPET Polo explores more of his magical world.

A simple boat ride turns into a journey of fun and discovery with towering waves leading to a mysterious forest and a strange koala carrying a flute. When the Koala disappears with a *pop*, Polo sets out to find him, traveling by giant snail-bus to a mystical tower. Worldless,

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BY SEA, BY BUS, OR BY MAGIC CARPET Polo explores more of his magical world.

A simple boat ride turns into a journey of fun and discovery with towering waves leading to a mysterious forest and a strange koala carrying a flute. When the Koala disappears with a *pop*, Polo sets out to find him, traveling by giant snail-bus to a mystical tower. Worldless, captivating, and sure to become a new bedtime favorite.

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“Employing bright crystalline hues, sharp black lines, and delightfully delineated details, the playful illustrations clearly convey the specifics of the story lines while establishing a fanciful world in which wondrous things are believably commonplace . . . These books will captivate youngsters' imaginations and nurture literacy skills.” —School Library Journal

“Young kids will be able to follow along and inject their own interpretations and imaginations into the narrative . . . . Whimsical and fun.” —Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Polo, the bold and active anthropomorphic dog, takes off on another wordless graphic adventure. While fishing from his boat, he is lifted by high waves and deposited on an island. There, a toga-draped panda-like creature presents him with a flute and disappears. He waits a long time at a bus stop, where a large snail finally picks him up and takes him to a tall pagoda, atop which sits the flute-giver on what turns out to be a magic carpet. Both he and Polo play their flutes to make their carpets fly through the air, back to Polo's tree home. The final page shows them flying off into the starry night over the ocean playing their flutes. Faller keeps the scenes simple, using black outlines and flat colors. There are sequences of pictures like a basic story board, encouraging the reader to expand and personalize the simple, magical adventure with details, perhaps even supplying information on Polo's new friend. "Readers" of this book should be sure to take a look at the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–These whimsical wordless picture books star a likable pup with a brown spot over one eye and floppy ears that stand up, down, or out to the sides to express a variety of emotions. Polo lives in a cozy duplex inside a large tree that fills up most of a tiny island. In the first story, the pooch’s solitary lifestyle is interrupted when Lily, a rabbitlike character cruising along on a flying cloud, accidentally crashes into his window and the two spend a pleasant day together. In the second book, Polo’s fishing expedition turns into a Zen adventure, as he is shipwrecked on an island where he meets a mystical koala and journeys home via a flying rug powered by a magic flute. The action is conveyed entirely through the cartoon artwork, presented on single pages and in panels. Employing bright crystalline hues, sharp black lines, and delightfully delineated details, the playful illustrations clearly convey the specifics of the story lines while establishing a fanciful world in which wondrous things are believably commonplace. The wordless format encourages kids to take an active role in the storytelling, identifying the important plot elements, discerning the sequencing, and verbalizing the action. These books will captivate youngsters’ imaginations and nurture literacy skills.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596434950
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Series:
Adventures of Polo Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

REGIS FALLER has created more than 20 books for children. He lives in Strasbourg, France.

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