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Milo and the Magical Stones Hardcover – 1997

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2. Milo, 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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Pfister (Hopper's Treetop Adventure, p. 226, etc.) begins this book with his trademark fly-in-the-ointment approach: A happy bunch of cherubic cliff mice inhabit an idyllic island, where all is wonderful until winter forces the mice into dank, dark caves. One mouse, Milo, discovers a magical glowing stone (thereby allowing Pfister's other trademark--dazzling reflective elements--to take the stage) that provides heat. The other mice, understandably, would like stones for their caves. Balthazar, something of a sage, cautions that the stones belong to the island and something must be given in return for their use. The book's pages thus split in two: ``The Happy Ending'' appears on top, ``The Sad Ending'' below. The top story is predictable--each mouse fashions a decorative stone in gratitude. The bottom story takes a more compelling route, becoming a full-blown cautionary tale of the consequences of greed, envy, and environmental pillaging. In this duel of positive/negative examples, the negative clearly has more vigor and impact, and brings Pfister's message--about making wise ecological choices--home. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books; 1st edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558586822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558586826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marcus Pfister has written and illustrated many books for North-South, including the popular Penguin Pete and Hopper series. His books The Rainbow Fish, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!, and Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale have become international best-sellers.

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This book so clearly shows students/children the effect the ending has on a story. It's great if you're teaching students or your own child how to write stories. Just reading it gives them perspective and, with each of their stories, they can write two different endings and choose the better one. This book is FANTASTIC! Get it!
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Milo and his mice friends find some glowing, magical stones which led them into making a bad choice or a good choice. This book offers two different endings- a happy one or a sad one. This is a great story for all young children to enjoy. Marcus Pfister's illustrations and texture on the pages capture both children's eyes and hands. After reading the happy ending to my kindergarten class, they could not wait to hear what happened in the sad ending. I highly recommend this book.
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This is a great story to read out loud to a child at the end ofthe day. My kids couldn't wait to see if Milo and the other mice madea good choice or a bad choice in how to handle the magical stones. As a matter of fact, my kids (ages 10,9,and 6) made me go back and read the other ending right away. This book teaches a hard lesson about greed and covetousness without being too preachy. My kids were enthralled with the glowing stones, and the beautiful illustrations. This is a favorite book in our house - I would buy it for any child's library.
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Beautifully illustrated and thought evoking story which allows young readers (and their parents/teachers/siblings) to see what an impact different choices make in lives both factual and fictional.
Milo and his mice friends on their very special island find a mysterious stone and then need to decide what next step to take. Pfister gives a choice for the reader: happy ending or sad ending. Very clever and both endings should be read so that children can understand how choices build upon choices both in writing, creativity and in real life.
Great book for adults as well and Grandparents may want to keep a copy on hand for when their grand children come visit.
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The illustrations were awesome. We liked how the author made the stones shine like gold. This book lets you choose between a happy ending and a sad ending. We liked having a choice. Those of us who chose the happy ending liked it because it taught us that when we take something, it is important to give something in return. Those of us who chose the sad ending liked it because it showed us what would happen if we don't learn this important lesson. We think you would like this book because you can learn a valuable lesson and have fun at the same time.
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While waiting for the doctor to come into the office my children look forward reading the books that are available at their office (first drawer, lol). We stumbled into this book and fell in love with it. I took a picture of the ISBN and upon arriving home we got to order this lovely book. It's superb in every way, especially since you get two books for the price of one. It has a great illustration and wise imagination. It's one of favorite books this far.
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This was my sons favorite book as a young boy. He had the whole book memorized at 4yrs old! He loved the idea of being able to pick which ending he wanted to hear/read. Now when we need a gift for a young child he always suggests that we buy them this book.
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