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A Picture Book of Harry Houdini (Picture Book Biography)

by David A. Adler

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What struck me most about this book were the illustrations. Magic is an attempt to make possible what seems impossible. The illustrations seem to follow this path as well. Unlike the other books that I've read, this book seems to pay great detail to the illustrations. Individual muscles are sculpted while facial expressions and shadows seem to be accurate to their purpose. It was rather sad hearing that such a great person dies of punches from a kid.

I found the final picture to be the most dramatic. The city seems pristine while there is an incredibly long line of people to mourn Harry Houdini. The contrast between sad and fresh was interesting. And I must admit, for a performer, he has one of the greatest death bed quotes, "I am tired of fighting. Guess his thing is going to get me." It is exceptionally understated for a person who had performed the extraordinary his entire life. This was a great book.

Where did that elephant go?
  jhuynh5 | Apr 21, 2014 |
This book is about the magician and illusionist Harry Houdini. I would read this book to students to teach them about a famous magician who was able to make something of his life. He was born into a poor family and had a harder childhood, but he made a name for himself; a good example for students. ( )
  crfonten | Mar 25, 2013 |
Harry Houdini astounded audiences every where with his amazing, death defying illusions and tricks. Houdini freed himself from ropes, handcuffs, and straight jackets. Houdini's tricks mesmorized people time and time again. The illustrations in this book were very bright, colorful, and realistic. I like the fact that it's a picture book and appeals to children so they're leaerning without realiing it. ( )
  Klefort | Nov 11, 2012 |
Social Studies Standards
3.2 Analyze and evaluate human action in historical and/or contemporary contexts from alternative points of view.
* Cite evidence to explain the various feelings/points of view in a historical situation
* Predict various points of view people might have on a contemporary issue
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Contextual Learning Information and Media Literacy I &TL: 1,2, 3, 5, 6 ( )
  AnikaWalker | Dec 6, 2011 |
This is a brief biography about a magician's life.
  khand | Nov 22, 2011 |
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early biography will introduce readers to Houdini. Good choice for readers that are not ready for The Houdini Box.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823420590, Hardcover)

Harry Houdini repeatedly amazed audiences around the globe with his death-defying acts and illusions. With his wife, Bess, often by his side, he freed himself from ropes, handcuffs, and prison cells. Though Harry was always intrigued by magic, his life was not always so glamorous. His family was extremely poor, and as a boy he shined shoes to help them make ends meet. Yet a career in magic was always in the cards. Readers will be mesmerized by this captivating picture book biography.

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The story of how Harry Houdini astounded audiences around the globe as he freed himself from ropes, handcuffs, and prison cells.

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