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Children's LiteratureYoung children are often captivated by magic. It is easy for them to get caught up in the wonder of it all; older children may be a bit more skeptical when viewing magic tricks. The workbook and supplies contained in this kit are geared to elementary school children. Most of the tricks are fun to learn and easy to perform. The colorful workbook provides step-by-step instructions with excellent illustrations to guide children along. The goal is to build confidence as children learn some magic tricks so that they can perform for family and friends. The kit contains tickets and programs for magic shows, a magic wand and other props, and a CD with music and applause. In addition, the tricks are divided into four different magic shows. Children can follow the script or pick and choose their favorite tricks to devise their own show. A good job is done preparing future magicians for their performances. The workbook introduction focuses on picking a stage name, using magic words, preparing for the show, setting up a magic table, practicing tricks, and learning basic magic moves. A concise history of magic is provided at the back of the book. The excellent format and attractive packaging make this kit an ideal choice for birthday or holiday presents. 2002, Silver Dolphin Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.