Wednesday, September 17, 2014

REVIEW: The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail

The Magic of Maxwell & His Tail
Maureen Stolar Kanefield
Illustrator: Carlos Aon

Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Magic Tale Press
Publication date: 9.1.2014
Pages: 32

Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review, JKS Communications Blog Tour
Date read: 9.14.2014

Summary: Everyone has magic but sometimes you have to search to find out what it is.  That's what Maxwell Mouse had to do.  And he discovered that what he thought was something very bad was actually something very good indeed.
            The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail is more than just a charming, wonderfully illustrated story.  With childlike innocence, it presents an inspiring motivational model for youngsters - especially gifted kids and those with special needs - to take another look at themselves and recognize their unique gifts.  It shows them how to see beyond what appears to be limitations and appreciate them as positive attributes that will help them to soar.
            Written by an educator with over 30 years in the trenches and based on sound educational principles acknowledging the various ways children learn (multiple intelligences), The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail is a micro-guide to life.  It will delight children as they celebrate Maxwell's triumphs, and warm the hearts of parents as they watch their kids discover how perfectly special they are.
            The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail is the first in a series of books to entertain, educate, and encourage children to be their better selves.

I love books that teach children to look at their differences in a whole new light.  This book is great.  The character of Maxwell is adorable and, as you go through the story, you really feel what he is feeling - who among us hasn't had a time when they felt like they were being picked on, laughed at, for being a little different?  With some kind words from his family - and the help of his amazing curiosity, love of learning and great imagination - he realizes that he is perfect just the way he is ... and some other people do too :)

I shared this with a few of the little ones and they immediately fell in love with Maxwell (one of the most asked for stories to date).  In fact, it made them start looking at things about each of them that are different too.

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