Mia's Story Paperback
Illustrated by Michael Foreman
A story of hope and dreams set in a poverty-stricken community in South America, from a master children's book creator. Mia lives with her family in a small South American village beneath the snowy mountains.
Their house is put together from the dumped rubbish of the city - it is not much of a place.
One day Mia's father brings her a puppy, which she calls Poco because he's so small.
When Poco runs away, Mia travels far up into the mountains to search for him.
There she finds some white mountain flowers, growing under the stars, as well as something much more powerful - hope.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 40 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/05/2007
- Category: Picture storybooks
- ISBN: 9781406305333
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Review by j-plant
Overall, "Mia's Story" is a warm, heartfelt, and well-written story for several reasons. The story is told from the perspective of a traveller who passes through the impoverished, garbage dump village of Campamento San Francisco. The traveller documents his experiences with Mia and walks the reader through a small portion of Mia's life. The writing itself is very strong, and it guides the reader through Mia's search for Poco, and it also shows the reader how she lives, and even thrives, in a less than ideal living environment. The main idea of this story details something wonderful entering Mia's bleak and depressing live, and how when the receives the threat to lose Poco forever, she goes on a journey of personal sacrifice and discovery to get him back.
Review by comixminx
Beautifully drawn, sweet story. The creator could have done with learning some basics of comics story telling first though - it's not done as a comic but the flow of the reading doesn't stick to left-right up-down and so sometimes it's confusing. I've ended up reading bits in the wrong order because it's not that clear which of the sketchbook drawings to read next, in particular.