Half Magic

Half Magic[EPUB] ✺ Half Magic By Edward Eager – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Four children wish on a Half Magic coin that gets their mother Alison half way home rescued by Mr Smith Mark's wish zaps them to a desert without island where half talking cat Carrie gabbles to a came Four children wish on a Half Magic coin that gets their mother Alison half way home rescued by Mr Smith Mark's wish zaps them to a desert without island where half talking cat Carrie gabbles to a camel Romantic Katherine battles Launcelot Eldest Jane rejects siblings for another family Stubborn youngest Martha causes a riot downtown. It seems a shame said Jane that no one's going to know about our adventures They would make such a good book If only we could write them downBut how would we do that? asked Mark We're just kids Oh Wait You don't meanI certainly do said Jane We just have to wish for it and the Charm will take care of the rest But we need to wish very carefully Now what kind of book do we want it to be?I want it to be like one of E Nesbit's books said Katherine Though if the Charm makes the book like one of hers you don't think it would be stealing do you? That would be very wrongWe could put in an Acknowledgement said Mark Mr Smith was telling me about that just the other day We Acknowledge her Influence and then it will be uite alright Now let's make the wish And remember that we have to ask for twice as much of everything as we really wantYou don't think I'd forget that do you? asked Jane scornfully Charm we wish that two authors could write two books about our adventures and we wish that both the books will be just like E Nesbit's books and we wish that both books will have an Acknowledgement where the author says how much he thanks her for Influencing him and we wish that it should be a very graceful and polite AcknowledgementShe was uite out of breath by the time she had finished A moment later there was the book sitting on the table between them It was called Half Magic and the author was a Mr Edward Eager Mark picked it up and opened itOh look he said wonderingly Here's how we find the Charm And here's where we meet Sir Launcelot And here's the bit where we nearly cause a riot But wait it's not uite like E Nesbit To start off with we're AmericanYou should have asked for it to be twice as much like E Nesbit as E Nesbit was said Katherine You didn't think carefully enoughHow can anything be twice as much like someone as they are themselves? asked Jane with the keen metaphysical intuition that comes so naturally to young children That doesn't make sense so I couldn't have wished for it And the others had to admit that she was rightLook for the Acknowledgement said Martha Mark thumbed feverishly through the pagesI've found it he said triumphantly after a few minutes It's right here on page ten And it was such a fine Acknowledgement that I must write it down here so that you can read it tooThat summer the children had found some books by a writer called E Nesbit surely the most wonderful books in all the world They read every one that the library had right away except a book called The Enchanted Castle which had been outAnd now yesterday The Enchanted Castle had come in and they took it out and Jane because she could read fastest and loudest read it loud all the way home and when they got home she went on reading and when their mother came home they hardly said a word to her and when dinner was served they didn't notice a thing they ateIf you ever have to write an Acknowledgement yourself you may want to use the one the Charm had written as a model; and I can hardly imagine an author who would not be proud and happy to hear that some other author had so admired their work Would you believe I grew up in Toledo Ohio and never noticed while reading and re reading this that it was set in my hometown? It's true I don't know if I just figured ALL books were set there and that's why the street names were so familiar or if I was just extraordinarily clueless I figured it out finally when I was reading this to my son It seems worth talking about in view of how worried people sometimes get about kids getting the wrong message from books sometimes kids don't even notice the town the book is set in not to worry about the other thingsSo this time through I was paying attention The story is delightful the kids complex and interesting but oh how I love the cat And Merlin with his entirely lovely speech made me cry a littleTo wit 'But what about the good deed I wished? said Katharine None of the ones I tried worked outMy child said Merlin and his smile was very kind now you have done your good deed You have brought me word that for as far into time as the twentieth century the memory of Arthur and of the Round Table which I helped him to create will be living yet And in that far age people will still care for the ideal I began enough to come back through time and space to try to be of service to it You have brought me that word and now I can finish my work in peace and know that I have done well And if that's not a good deed I should like to know what is' Mostly I love this book I liked it as a kid except for that caveat I'll get to in a minute I like it now as a grown up The story is interesting and engaging The trouble the kids get themselves into is believable well for a fantasy novel and I like their solutions The problem of having to double all your wishes is interesting to me The only thing isThe only thing is that a whole chapter is taken up with a trip to a desert where the children run across an evil wicked terrible Arab man Even the illustration is an ugly caricature There isn't even a feasible way to avoid this part it's interwoven in the story in such a way that you can't simply say Look this is a part that I feel is inappropriate we're not reading it today and skip to the next partNow I know somebody is going to pop up and say But you can't judge books from 60 years ago according to OUR standards today Fair enough But I'm not reading this book to a child 50 years ago I'm reading it or not actually I haven't put it on my to be read list yet precisely because of this problem to children NOW Even when I was a kid a mere 30 years after the book's publication that part made me uncomfortableAm I saying you're bad for liking this book? Absolutely not I like this book Am I saying you shouldn't read this book to your children or allow them to read it? Not necessarily I certainly support you if that is your choice but that's not what I mean to say All I'm saying is that you should read this book yourself before you read it with your children or use it in a classroom especially if you have Arab students and decide for yourself the best way to approach this issue It may be to find a way to skip that passage or it may be to not read the book just yet or at all there are plenty of good books out there choosing one always reuires NOT choosing another or it may be to discuss this part with your children and explain your views on the subject or it may be that you think it's not a big deal I disagree with the last but that's your choiceOther than that one thing this is a very good book It's just that that one thing is SO important Please pre read this book Summertime belongs to childhood The grown up version with BBs and yard work can’t compare to the long long days spent exploring and digging in the dirtNow I’m a winter girl through and through but when the lightning bugs start to rise up out of the grass I start to ache for the summers from when I was little Unfortunately all the kids who used to comeoutandplay have moved on and I’ve been trying to eat less dirt so I was at a loss for a way to revisit my summersThen I remembered Edward Eager Eager was a Harvard grad and a sophisticated grown up playwright He never thought about writing children’s books until he had his own son They uickly read through Eager’s favorites E Nesbit’s fairy stories and the Oz books but then Eager couldn’t find anything else to read to his kid So he decided to write the stories himself Writer’s perogativeHalf Magic is Eager’s first fairy tale It’s about a group of four children three girls and one boy who recently lost their father Those unfortunate children who keep both their parents must resign themselves to utterly uninteresting lives Their mother can’t afford to take them to the country for vacation and the kids are at a loss for a way to make their summer worthwhile One day while on their way to the library the children find an old worn nickelAfter a few accidental mis wishes and much discussion the kids realize that it’s the coin they found that’s causing the magic–well a little magic Somehow because of the age and wear of the coin it will only grant half of each wishThe wishes done by halves bring the kind of adventures you only find in proper fairy tales They have rules and conseuences and the adventure is in learning how to manipulate the magic Each child gets a day in charge of the wishing and each day of wishes gets a few chapters to play outLater on in the book when the children understand the coin fully the wishes get a bit boring–”I wish X times two” takes care of the guess work–but until then there are several good mishaps My favorite is when they wish that the cat can talk Have you ever met a cat who can half talk? That’s not a happy catSo if you need a way to rekindle your vacation time check out Edward Eager’s books Read the first chapter of HM here They’re fast funny charming reads Most of them take place over the course of a few warm days and they’ll all bring you back to the time when lightning bugs were only a fraction of your summer magicRead ifYou’re looking for the most appealing way possible to spend an afternoon with fractionsYou can’t find anyone to play Ghost in the Graveyard withYou want a proper fairy taleDisclaimer I got this book and many others from my family’s close friend Jeri Every year for my birthday Jeri would give me a big box of old books These would last me a couple of days and then my reading habits would continue to be a financial burden for my parents who raised me to buy books before food and gladly kept me fed Jeri introduced me to lots of my favorites and I’d be remiss not to mention her in a post about Edward Eager If I didn’t give her credit she’d threaten to tan my fannyI reviewed this book on my blog here Edward Eager's Half Magic was 1 of my favorite comfort books as a kid and I can still uote from it If I could pick one book to hand to any random child it might be this one WHAT a bookAlso as the youngest of four the character intro Martha was the youngest and very difficult speaks to me deeply Four children―Jane Katherine Mark and Martha―come upon a magic charm Only it makes just half of what you wish true The children realise this soon enough and word their wishes so that they can get all of what they want and start off on a set of exciting adventures which take them to different places and times But while their wishes do come true they find that the outcome may not be uite what they were looking for and they are not always in the right frame of mind to make a carefully worded wish each time Needless to say they have a fair share of scrapes and realise they must be careful what they wish for On the other hand the charm itself turns out to be magical than they realise working for them certain magic they hadn’t wished for or even thought of which bring them much happiness in the long run This was not a book or series I’d read as a child and if I’d read it then I think I would have had much fun with the adventure elements though the later parts of the story I think I appreciated better as an adult The children themselves were real and rather nice without at the same time being too storybook “good” I enjoyed the book uite a lot overall especially the literary references which it was full of including to Nesbit who’s Psammead books were uite clearly an inspirationas a GR friend also pointed out and the Ingoldsby Legends Fun read I read the first 2 chapters a day or two ago and was intrigued Today I picked it up again and read the third chapter It had me laughing out loud So I finished it todayThis is apparently a children's book Back in the day children were considerably well read They would have had to be otherwise they would miss the multitude of references to other works of literature For example there is the part that goes something like this not uoting verbatim but it goes something generally like thisThis said Katharine is exactly what I would call a tulgey woodDon't said Martha What if something were to come whiffling through it?And that was it There was no further explanation The story just went on How many children do you know these days that have actually read any of Lewis Carroll's works?I suspect that this is one of those books that can be read and understood well enough by children but can be appreciated much by adults I thought it was very clever In fact I would not be surprised if there were things in this book that I didn't catchThe pacing was good at times it was slow and nothing particular seemed to happen which was as it should be after all the children are having a dreadfully boring summer at first but at other times Bam bam bam bam One thing right after anotherAll in all it was Good Stuff I recommend it Originally posted here as part of the 30 Day Book ChallengeThis one is easy The Book That Made Me Fall In Love With Reading I don't even know what to say about this book If you haven't read it you should If you have younger children read it to them Half Magic was written in the 50s about a family living in the 20s so of course it's dated but it's still as full of charm as ever As an adult I catch little literary references that I missed when I was young and that adds to my love of this book so than the others in the seriesI was an only child until I was 10 so before that reading about this family of brothers and sisters gave me a bit of a pang I wanted siblings to have summertime adventures with This was my favourite book to read during the summer followed closely by Magic by the Lake which follows the same siblings curled up in some uiet nook at my grandparents' house I found these books there one year and Nan told me I could have them I don't know which of my dad's siblings they belonged to but I think it was my auntI kind of never wanted to ask because it felt like they had appeared just for me shrug I know kids are sillyConfessionI still pick up coins and make double wishes on them hoping that they'll come true oh one of my all time favorites i LOVE when they wish the cat could talk and since it is half magic the cat's every other word is meowi bought this and the rest of the series for my niece for christmas a couple of years ago and i can't wait until my daughters are old enough to read it

Half Magic MOBI ¼ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 217 pages
  • Half Magic
  • Edward Eager
  • English
  • 11 November 2016
  • 9780152330781