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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Divya Mohan’s Mili and the Dragonfly is a children’s picture book that follows a little girl by the name of Mili, her younger brother Milo and their pet monkey Mona. The story starts off when a number of dragonflies interrupt their playtime. They run for the cover of their home, but find one small dragonfly has followed them as well. The story is about educating children on what it means to be empathetic toward others, and Divya Mohan is able to do that quite nicely through her narrative. Illustrator Hend Moharram created images to accompany the story that are bright and entertaining, providing several emotions that will come across easily to young readers.
Mili and the Dragonfly by Divya Mohan is a book that I feel is very important for children to read, as there are so many children who tend to be cruel and not empathetic to creatures in general, especially bugs. Educating children on the importance of being empathetic is essential in order for them to grow up to become caring and thoughtful adults. I feel that Divya Mohan’s Mili and the Dragonfly should be a staple in classrooms all over the world. Adults might even learn something from the book as well and may think twice before telling their child to stomp on a spider in the future. Empathy isn’t reserved just for humans, but for animals and all things small and fragile. This is a book you are going to want on your child's bookshelf.