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Mika and the Dragonfly

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I received an electronic ARC from Clavis Publishing through NetGalley.
Readers meet Mika during the school day. She struggles with shyness and not fitting in. Then she rescues a dragonfly and finds a way to keep it safe. The other kids flock around to see what she has. By speaking up for something else, Mika finds her courage to interact with the other children too. 
Lovely illustrations capture the emotional undertones DeLange includes in this story. A sweet story to read early in the school year as students are learning about each other.
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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Mika and the dragonfly is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl called Mika who is very shy and unsure of herself. She is quite lonely because she doesn't have the confidence to go and play with the other children. 
One day when she is at the Brook, she rescues a dragonfly who has lost one of its wings. 
Mika manages to make a group of new friends from her knowledge of dragonflies and eventually manages to fix his wing and set him free.
This is a lovely story, however I don't think it should be encouraged of children to play about with an insect or animal trying to stick things on it so it can fly. 
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This is a cute story with beautiful illustrations, however, I would be afraid that some children would think that trying to glue a dragonfly's wing back on is the right thing to do. I love the concept of the story, but im not sure the follow through was what it should have been.
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The story and the illustrations are adorable. The well-meaning kindness is admirable. I really wanted to give this one four stars, but I’m worried kids will be inspired to tape and glue things onto bugs in an effort to help them. I recommend parents and teachers provide guidance if they read this book with little ones.
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This is the unbelievably cute story of Mika and how she learns to make friends with the other children at school. This book is great for any child for whom socializing doesn’t come naturally, but has many interests. Mika doesn’t change, she learns that by expressing herself and sharing what she knows she can make friends. I really enjoyed this story, the illustrations are also lovely!
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Mika and the Dragonfly is a delightfully illustrated picture book with descriptive language. Mika is a shy child who does not engage or play with her classmates. When she finds a hurt dragonfly, she ‘helps’ it while also learning to communicate with peers. 
Although fiction, I found it interesting that the author chose to have Mika glue on the missing wing and that it solved the problem. The writing didn’t flow well and the ending seemed rushed. I’m unsure if I would share this book with my students.
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This was a very cute story with beautiful illustrations.  My children loved seeing a main character that looks like them.  Mika is shy and learns to overcome that when she tries to help an injured dragonfly.  If you have shy children, this would be a nice book to read with them.
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Mika is a shy girl who doesn’t make talk to others easily. She doesn’t have any friends at school. When she finds a hurt dragonfly, her attempts at taking care of it end up helping her make friends. The illustrations in Ellen DeLange’s Mika and the Dragonfly are cute and add to the story. I was bothered by the fact that the book treated being quiet and reserved as a bad thing. Also, my children were shocked that the author would write that Mika glued a wing back on to the dragonfly and that the dragonfly somehow now had control over the wing to fly. They found it extremely unrealistic and thought that young children, the target of this book, might attempt something similar.
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Mika and the Dragonfly is certainly beautifully illustrated! I loved the detail of each illustration and I think the palette reflected the character and overall storyline. For me though I did learn that you can glue wings back on insects, the storyline was a little tired.
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Mika is a shy girl who usually stays to herself during recess, but when a dragonfly losses its wing and Mika tries to find a way to help it fly again she begins to open up to the other students in class. 
A great tale about helping others and learning to talk to people.

*The review is based on a free copy I received from NetGalley for an honest review.
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This book was given to me as an ARC by NetGalley. The book is illustrated nicely. The book is about a shy little girl who doesn't play with anyone at school, nor does she talk to them. She is able to overcome her shyness through the help of a dragonfly. The book was "too wordy" for my 5 year old grandson but would probably work for 7 years and up.
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Mika and the Dragonfly is about a girl called Mika who has trouble making friends. She sees a hurt dragon fly and wants to help it. In the process of helping the dragon fly, Mika makes friends. Mika learns an important lesson about how to make friends with others. While, I loved the illustrations in the book, the story did not seem believable. The solution of Mika to make the dragonfly seemed weird.
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Mika is shy. Every day she goes to school but can’t quite work up the courage to speak to her classmates. Instead, she feels more at home sitting against a tree, watching. Then one day that watching leads to a discovery...a dragonfly with one wing. Suddenly Mika finds herself on a journey of discovery to save the dragonfly...and herself.
A beautiful story of finding friendship in unexpected places, Mika and the Dragonfly by Ellen Delange, published by Clavis Publishing, will touch your heart ... and your sense of curiosity. Art by Martina Schachenhuber adds a sense of welcome whimsy!
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Mika is sitting alone under a tree when a dragonfly comes near her. It can't fly properly and it is missing a wing. Mika wants to help her. 

This book is short, beautiful and has a good story to tell. It teaches children to be helping and have empathy towards others. This is the kind of story I grew up reading they have shaped me what I am today. I really like children's stories that are full of happiness and hope. 

The book contains really beautiful illustrations that will trigger a child's imagination and also keep the attention. A good read, indeed.
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Thank you so much to NetGalley and Clavis Publishing for my copy of Mika and the Dragonfly by Ellen DeLange in exchange for an honest review. It publishes July 27, 2021.
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a shy girl named Mika who wants to learn how to make friends. Along the way she learns lessons about compassion and kindness, and maybe about making friends, too!
This would make a great addition to your child's or classroom library!
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This is a sweet story following Mika and her journey to help an injured dragonfly. I think this is an amazing story to read with your child who has some shyness because it really shows how Mika was able to come out of her shell and make friends! I highly recommend this adorable story!
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Hmm, not sure about this one...
First things first: I adored the illustrations! The color palette was very pretty and the drawing were the right mix of whimsy and modern. 
Just by looking at the cover (which was all I had to go by prior to reading this advanced copy) I expected a STEM type of book, but I didn't really get that. Regardless of my expectations, what I did get, I still didn't enjoy.
The main character in the book is a shy girl, who wants to have friends and play, but doesn't know how to. Eventually she "befriends" an injured dragonfly, whom she keeps as her pet. Only once she becomes special by carrying a dragonfly around on her shoulder do the other kids take notice of her. Soon after, she fixes the dragonfly with super glue (after some other failed attempts)  and it it flies off... no longer needed, because now our heroine is no longer shy and has plenty of friends.
Didn't work for me.
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Mika is a shy girl that wishes she could gain the courage to speak with her classmates. While she ponders how to interact with her classmates, a dragonfly with a broken wing lands on her arm.  Can Mika help the dragonfly fly again?  Throughout the book, you can see the range of emotions Mika goes through from the beautiful illustrations. This book speaks to conquering fear, being innovative and helpful, and being a friend. I appreciate the message and artwork but felt the story could be parsed down to convey the same message.
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While the storyline for this book was cute, it was also a bit difficult to follow. About halfway through I was a bit confused about what was happening and I’m wondering if my download was missing a page? 
I think the best children’s books have a bit of subtlety to their message but this one very plainly laid it out at the end. I think this took a bit of enjoyment out of the reading process for me.
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This book is beautifully illustrated, but a bit long and wordy for the intended age group. I liked the themes of helping animals and that it’s okay to be a bit shy
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