Milo’s Way By Joel Anthony | Dedicated Review
By Joel Anthony
eBook, iBook: 15 pages
Age Range: 3-7
Publisher: JBA-Books (April 1, 2011)
What to expect: Friendship, Routine, Instincts, Peer pressure
Milo is an enterprising bear. He is sweet and friendly and has lots of friends. They have an idyllic life in a beautiful forest and a routine, which is the same every day—after breakfast they set off on their walk to the meadow. While all the other bears are content to follow the same winding path to the meadow every day, Milo would like to try something new. The other bears question him and refuse to go, afraid of what might happen if they take a different route, but this does not deter Milo and he sets off with his best friend Bella. Milo hopes that he has found a shortcut to the meadow but he has no way of knowing. He sets off into the unknown with only his instincts and his friend.
Milo’s Way is a clever take on the issues of peer pressure and conformity. Getting our little ones to follow their hearts instead of the pack is often a complicated undertaking. Milo has a mind of his own and is a compelling example of bravery despite his friends’ attempts to scare him. Eventually we find that Milo was right—his path is a shortcut that will allow all his friends to get to the meadow more quickly than before. His friends appreciate his ingenuity and agree that sometimes you have to “try a different path.”
Milo’s Way is perfect for boys and girls ages 3-7. The beautiful illustrations bring the story to life in vivid colors.
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