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The Magic Stone Paperback – 29 Apr 2013
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I read the most captivating, thought-provoking and fantastically illustrated kids book today: The Magic Stone by Alan Peat. I even made time to sit down and read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived. Can't wait to share it with my class. Vic Byatt
About the Author
ALAN PEAT is an Independent Literacy Consultant. His unique INSET, conference and school-based training provides teachers and school leaders with practical, effective and enjoyable strategies for raising pupils' achievement in both reading and writing. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Historical Association, Alan is the author of a number of books on a wide range of subjects including education, art and ceramics. The Magic Stone is his first story for children. JOHN HARROLD was born in Glasgow and studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art. He has lived in Courbevoie, on the outskirts of Paris, for the past 17 years. For over three decades he was the Rupert Bear artist for the Daily Express, producing the daily strip adventures for the newspaper as well as the famous Rupert Bear annuals. In this capacity, he signed the new Rupert Annual in Canterbury every November for 18 years - an event that was immensely popular and built up a faithful attendance. This is the second book he has illustrated for Creative Educational Press Ltd., the first being The Elves & the Shoemaker, a text-less recounting of the well-known tale, updated to 1897, in a graphic novel style and designed as a teaching aid in schools. He is currently working on a book of amusing alternative nursery rhymes by Alan Peat.
Top Customer Reviews
The Magic Stone is a contemporary tale which relates the story of Mike who is coerced into joining an unpleasant school gang. He is forced to attempt to move a large enchanted rock which is known locally as The Magic Stone and, if moved, is reputed to make wishes come true.
The story is set in winter and Harrold's evocative wintry images will remind many readers of winters many decades ago and his wonderful snowy scenes in the Rupert Christmas stories.
It is a lovely book and the story has a text which imparts upon the reader such emotions as love, loss, fear and happiness.