Half Magic (Edward Eager's Tales of Magic) Hardcover – 31 Mar 1999
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Edward Eager has been delighting young readers for more than 40 years with stories that mix magic and reality. Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The "Half Magic" of the title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: "half" invisible, "half" rescued, "half" everything! Half Magic is never too cute, and with just enough emotion to complement the magic, this classic is sure to hold a special place in any child's library. If you love Half Magic, its sequels Knight's Castle, The Time Garden, and Magic by the Lake have also been reissued in lovely hardcover editions, complete with N.M. Bodecker's original illustrations and covers by Quentin Blake. (Ages 8 to 12) --Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
"Half Magic "is a funny, charming, timeless book, as much a pleasure to read to a child now as it was forty years ago. Those who had it read to them then may even have an obligation to pass on the pleasure. "The New York Times Book Review" * "Ingenious make-believe. . . . Satisfying variety, surprise, and laughter. . . . A book children will want to read at one sitting." "Library Journal, " starred review" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Well, the good news is that this book has held up to the test of time pretty well. That is especially so because a number of current books with fantasy/magical elements are just too easy. I don't mean too easy to read, I mean the use of magic is too easy. There are helpful faeries, or mystical swords, or magic gems, or obvious clues, or know-it-all wizards, every few pages. But here, the kids have to figure out how the magic coin works, figure out how to do half-magic wishes, and figure out how to handle the consequences. The book is entertaining, with great characters, but is also like a big puzzle that has to be solved bit by bit. A nice change of pace and pretty demanding given the age group it's aimed at. Certainly worth consideration as you build your kid library.
I have once again become aware of the magic around me!!!
As the title implies, the coin grants wishes, but only half of what you wish comes true. The children discover this the hard way, and learn how to make the most of their find through trial and error. This chronicle of their adventures will spark the imagination of young readers, and for adult readers, there are many literary allusions and humorous situations.
This may have been written in the 1950's, but it remains fresh and imaginative today.
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A must read and laugh a loud funny, especially the half taking cat. We all love this book in our family, the chapters are a bit long but it's a wonderful story and I love how it... Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. Leeson
Great book. I bought it after reading a review in the Readers Digest and I though it reflected my life perfectly, I only ever get half of what I wish for too. LoLPublished 17 months ago by Soulsootha
I'm sure my granddaughters will love this. I can't wait to have bedtime reading with them and kiss them goodnight!Published on 30 May 2014 by maureen frances
the book is fascinating and very different - makes the older
child think - maybe I'll wait a bit to give to my 9 year old, but I'm enjoying it!
Excellent. Easy buying process, VERY quick delivery, about 3 seconds.
The book itself is great. Will be buying e books again.
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