The Magic Leaf Kindle Edition
|Age Level: 5 - 8||Grade Level: K - 3|
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The setting is nice, and the illustrations have a lot of personality!
The story seems a little short to me, though - I think just a little more character development would have been nice because the book ends just as it starts picking up momentum. Perhaps there will be more adventures with this protagonist in the future?
But the main point is clear, and the positive lesson is a nice break from other morality tales that tend to make kids feel uncomfortable and guilty.
Marco & Carlo loved climbing the mountains that were close by.
Marco pulled out of his pocket a magic leaf & showed it to his friend.
There was a feast at St. Anthony’s. Fireworks & a parade also.
What does it take to have & keep a true friendship?
A big shout out to Tina Durocher (Illustrator).
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written children’s book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s movie, animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; M.F. Publishing; Amazon Digital Services LLC; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Wow what a beautiful children's story.
In fact I really didn't want it to end!!
I loved how Mary set the tone of the town I believed I was right there.
I could visualise Carlo struggling up this steep hill everyday.
Marco and Carlo are best of friends and they really look out for one and other.
What I loved was how Marco see how much Carlo was struggling everyday to go up and down the steap hill.
This one particular day Marco decides to join Carlo on hes journey up the hill.
Marco decides that he is going to help he's best friend and invents the Magical Leaf.
He tells Carlo that the leaf will help he's journey become shorter.
Mary had me believing this leaf was magical too.
The friendship between Carlo and Marco was beautiful, the way they laughed and joked about the festival was a perfect way to pass the time away.
Before they know it they are up the hill.
But the final paragraph....The road had seemed shorter and Carlo's load seemed lighter because he walked with a friend.
Was the perfect way to sum up friendship.
Supporting each other makes light of the journey ahead.
The Magic Leaf is beautifully illustrated.
I truly believe this book has much more to give and could be adapted to a children's series of books.
Overall Mary gets her message across to the readers that everything is easier when you have friends to help.
Be kind and thoughtful.
I received this book from Mary herself in exchange for an honest review.
Highly recommend for ages 6-10 year olds. Makes a perfect read for bedtime, read alone or in a group.
Page 2/3 says, "Carlo lived in a small town called Roseto. The town had winding roads and was surrounded by mountains. Roseto sat at the foot of the tallest mountain. Its cobblestone roads led to a town square. It looked a lot like a medieval town."
Would a young child know what a cobblestone road was or how a medieval town looked? These would have been fine to write if the illustration showed a cobblestone road in the center of a medieval looking town but the picture doesn't show the road at all and the town looks like any other town. There is no indication of what is to come and we have no reason to read on.
Page 4/5 focuses completely on Carlo's enjoyment of the church bells. So now we assume the story is going to be about the boy's relationship with the bells.
But then, page 6/7 talks a little about Carlo's house and the castle beside it.
Finally, page 8/9 says, "Every day Carlo had to walk up the mountain." This is actually where the story begins. I think most children would have tuned out by this point. This is unfortunate because the story then takes off. The dialogue between Carlo and his friend who joins him on the walk up the mountain is lively and propels the story well.
The text could have been enriched by more sensory detail such as having the boys mention particulars like the taste, colour, ingredients, temperature, and the smell of the panini and gelato they relish.
The ending is lovely and worthy of discussion. Children can relate to the different interpretations of the passage of time when alone and with a friend. The story also raises the concept of appreciation for all the things the boys are given.
The illustrations are unique and interesting. They are partly drawn and partly montage which gives a textual appearance to the landscape. I liked the pictures of the boys especially when they were imagining all the wonderful things in their community. Carlo's hair is adorable.
I think this is a book with wonderful potential and some beautiful qualities that just got off on the wrong foot.
I was given an ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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