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Family Connections Return After Being Missing in This Charming and Creative Picture Book

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Reconnections With Family Are Important

Great choice to start a conversation about reconnecting this summer

Great choice to start a conversation about reconnecting this summer

Family Reconnections Brighten Lives

Vern Kousky's Milo is Missing Something is a great choice for reading with young children this summer when everyone is excited to be coming together with missing family members after being separated by the pandemic. Family reconnections are always something to look forward to, no matter what the circumstances were for the times that people were missing.

Milo is a newly hatched baby octopus and he finds himself all alone in the ocean after waking up one day. His ocean world is very strange to him. Look at all those strange creatures! The colorful coral reefs are especially interesting to Milo, but he has the feeling that something is missing. Milo has fun playing with all of the interesting sea creatures. The bottom of the ocean is filled with lots of interesting things, including an old shipwreck. Milo still thinks that something is missing and he cannot discover what it is. Milo even takes a walk on the beach and later meets a new friend in the deepest part of the ocean. Milo continues to search far and wide for something that he feels is missing. He finally falls asleep. He is still all alone. When Milo awakens, he has a big surprise! The "something" that he thought was missing has returned. Young children will be delighted with the ending.

The colorful illustrations for Milo is Missing Something are delightful. Kousky combines bright colors with dark colors to create the world of the deep ocean and the colorful sea creatures that live in the ocean.

Milo is Missing Something has a life lesson to teach. It was published by Random House Studio, a division of Random House Children's Books. It is recommended for ages 4-8 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-17342-8.

Creative Illustrations With Both Bright and Dark Colors

the under-the-sea-world is fun

the under-the-sea-world is fun

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Milo thinks that something is missing from his world

Milo thinks that something is missing from his world

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The bottom of the ocean can also be dark

The bottom of the ocean can also be dark

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The "something" that was missing has been found

The "something" that was missing has been found

Reconnect with Milo and Your Family This Summer

Families will finally be able to reconnect with each other this summer. Young children will be reconnecting with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Vern Kousky's Milo is Missing Something is a perfect choice for story time to introduce the topic of reconnection to young children.

*Read Milo is Missing Something with your children. Why do they think Milo is sad in the beginning of the story?

*Call attention to all of the colorful fish in the ocean that Milo encounters. What kind of sea creature is MIlo?

*Call attention to all of the adventures that Milo has while searching for the "something" that he believes to be missing from his world.

*Milo makes a lot of friends, but he still has the feeling that something is missing. Talk with your children about the family members that have been missing from your life during this past year of separation. Invite your children to talk about things that hey have missed by having grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins separated this past year.

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw pictures of the family members that your family has been separated from this past year.

*Have children draw pictures of activities that they will want to participate in with family members when your family is reconnected this summer.

*Include children in planning for all the reconnections that your family will make this summer.

*Engage children in thinking about how they have felt this past year about the family separations during the pandemic.

*Engage children in a discussion about how they think that Milo felt when he was reconnected with his family.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

Comments

Lady Dazy from UK on June 02, 2021:

This looks like a good book for children with lots of lovely illustrations .

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