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The Magic Sewing Machine by Sunny Warner

The Magic Sewing Machine (edition 1997)

by Sunny Warner

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Title:The Magic Sewing Machine
Authors:Sunny Warner
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (1997), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:easy, orphans, magic, orphanage, mistreatment, justice, gr. k-3

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The Magic Sewing Machine by Sunny Warner



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This is a very simple tale of two children who are poor and have to go to a horrible orphanage. They are forced to work all day and have very little to eat. Eventually the two children realize that the sewing machine their mother left them, which was their only possession, was magic. The children of the orphanage wish for warm clothes and a giant balloon so they can escape. Ms. Schnaap, who runs the orphanage, finds them and falls in the basket tied to the giant balloon and floats off. This story, along with many folklore tales, has a classic good vs. evil theme, in which the good wins over the evil. I like the little twist in the ending illustration that shows Ms. Schnaap on a beach somewhere with a parrot. ( )
  NoelAbadie | Mar 8, 2016 |
Sacha and Olya are two orphans that try to scrape by rent with a sewing machine their mother left that (unbeknownst to them) is magical. One day, because they cannot make rent, they are sent off to an orphanage run by a terrible woman Miss Schnaap. She makes the children do hard work, rarely feeds them, and even locks them in a closet! One day, after wishing for some boots, the magical sewing machine makes them! Soon, the children wish for a giant balloon to take them away, but Miss Schnaap barges in an accidentally tips into the balloon and flies off, never to be seen again!

I really liked this book. I thought it was fun and entertaining and I think any child would love it! The illustrations are fun, too! ( )
  bereneezypie | Apr 25, 2013 |
Sacha and his sister Olya are orphans with no means of support except the magic sewing machine left to them by their mother. They are mistreated and exploited by adults until the sewing machine proves to be magical and saves the day. ( )
  dbcollin | Nov 7, 2012 |
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In this original fairy tale, orphans Olya and her little brother Sacha have nothing left in the world except each other, their cat Basil, and a sewing machine left to them by their mother. Before she died, their mother warned the children never to part with the sewing machine, as it will help them when all else fails. The children are sent to a cold, dark orphanage run by the miserly Miss Schnaap, who stuffs her mattress with money while Olya sews, Sacha makes baskets, and Basil chases mice in the cellar. The children long to escape, until one icy night a strange occurrence in the attic changes everything, revealing at last the wonderful secret of the magic sewing machine.

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An orphaned brother and sister are saved from the cruelty of the orphanage's headmistress by a magic sewing machine and the goodness of their hearts.

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