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TOO MANY MURKLES

Author: Heidi Charissa Schmidt

Illustrator: Mary Gregg Byrne

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Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Every year, the people of Summerville dreaded the Day of the Murkles. Juliana, determined to understand what has happening, followed a baby Murkle, and in the process, helped the town redefine and discover the beauty around them. This is a book that weaves two themes--patience and acceptance--into a beautiful story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3.6

Age of Child: Started reading at 3 years old; read again at 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: As a preschooler, our daughter liked the illustrations, but we could not get her to stay with the story. As a Kindergartner, she regularly pulls this book from the shelf because she likes the lesson.

Adult Reader Reaction: It is a beautiful book, with a wonderful story, and we'll come back to it again. The "house that jack built" concept may reach just a little too far for our preschooler.

Pros: The illustrations are fun, the animals are cute, and there is a nice lesson for all of us.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Even if it isn't an instant hit with your child, you will enjoy the tale. And odds are they'll pick it up themselves one day soon.

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Educational Themes: You can use this story to encourage discovery and independent thinking (I.e., you don't have to blindly follow the crowd), as well as to remind kids that everything has a purpose, value and beauty all its own.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, fables and folklore, picture book, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004, June 2008

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