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9 Magic Wishes

by Shirley Jackson

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I think children would respond to this book because it would allow them to open up their imagination. The story is told in a rhyme about a magician that shows up and grants a 9 wishes. This would turn into a good activity for the skids to act out what they wish and dream fo being.
  Tryante | Nov 24, 2012 |
This book was written by Shirley Jackson whose spooky short story, "The Lottery", you might have had to read in High School.Originally published in 1963, it's back now with beautiful new illustrations filled with color and dreams from the lively imagination of childhood.
What if a magician with stars on his hat suddenly came up to you and gave you 9 wishes? Would you wish to live forever, or for wealth or for something much more wonderful like "a squirrel holding a nut that opens and inside is a Christmas tree." The wishes our lucky girl chooses are delightful and the illustrations of them are pure magic. The ending is the most beautiful part of a very special book. ( )
  Treeseed | Mar 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374355258, Hardcover)

Magical new illustrations for a story by the author of The Lottery

A girl is given nine wishes by a mysterious magician, and her choices perfectly capture a childlike imagination. For example, wish one is for an orange pony with a purple tail; wish two is for a squirrel holding a nut that opens and inside is a Christmas tree; wish eight is for a little box and inside is another box and inside is another box and inside is another box and inside that is an elephant . . . But the girl is hard pressed to make a ninth wish, and instead leaves it on a rock for some other lucky person to find.

Miles Hyman, who is the grandson of Shirley Jackson, has created paintings that capture the enchantment of the text, which was first published with different pictures in 1963 and has long been out of print.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:49 -0400)

A child meets a magician who grants eight wonderfully fantastic wishes, with one wish left over.

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