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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Book Review: Milo Armadillo

Author: Jan Fearnley
Interest Level: Ages 4-8

About This Book: All Tallulah wants is a pink fluffy rabbit - just like the ones her friends have. So for her birthday, Grandma knits her a pink fluffy...armadillo. Oops. 

Even though Milo Armadillo is athletic, talented, good at listening, and great for going on adventures with, Tallulah wishes Grandma had made her a rabbit instead. Milo tries hard to please Tallulah, but he finally accepts that, no matter what, he won't ever be the pink fluffy rabbit she wants. Maybe, he thinks, it would be better if he left...

Will Tallulah realize that she already has the perfect pink friend? Or will her friendship with Milo unravel before she's given him a chance? In this endearing picture book about learning to love things for what they are, author-illustrator Jan Fearnley knits a sweet story of an unlikely but utterly perfect friend. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Milo Armadillo, I heart you. Thank you for teaching kids about acceptance, seeking approval, friendship, rejection, putdowns, being grateful, and appreciation. Phew! Are you picking up what I'm putting down? Lots of teachable moments in this one! I've really focused on the rejection theme in this book with students. Milo Armadillo has helped kids understand the hurt it causes. Milo was knitted special for Tallulah. Her attitude towards him makes him feel anything but special. Towards the end of the story he wants to unravel himself - he does not want to exist anymore. Very sad! During this part of the story, there was a mix of compassion, sadness, empathy, and care from students. They saw the pain rejection causes and they didn't like it. Luckily, Tallulah gets a second chance. In the real world, not everyone does. Milo Armadillo will encourage kids to remember to treasure one another. Such a great story!

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