Too Many Murkles

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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.


Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This is a book that weaves two themes--patience and acceptance--into a beautiful story.
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.

Reading Level:
3.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8, 6 to 9
Age of child:
Started reading at 3 years old; read again at 5 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title Too Many Murkles
About
Author Heidi Charissa Schmidt
Publisher Illumination Arts Publishing Company © 2004
Illustrators Mary Gregg Byrne
ISBN 0970190778
Material Hard Cover
Genres Fables and Folklore, Fantasy, Life Lessons
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