Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

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by Elizabeth MacLeod, John Mantha

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Meet Harry Houdini - the most famous magician who ever lived - in this level 3 first reader.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
Harry Houdini, world-famous magician and escape artist, was born Erik Weisz, in Hungary, in 1874. He would not become known as Harry Houdini until many years later, after immigrating to the United States, running away from his poor family, and creating a magic act with a friend in New York City. Later, Harry worked with a new partner, a woman named Bess, whom he eventually married. Simplified for a young audience, Elizabeth MacLeod highlights Houdini's exciting career of escape acts. Coupled with John Mantha's straightforward illustrations, the biography is a sensible fit for the "Kids Can Read" series. The illustrations reveal historical styles in clothing and architecture in the early 20th century. Intended for children to read independently, the manuscript has complex sentence structure, varied vocabulary, and pronunciation guides for complex or unfamiliar words. Additional facts regarding Harry Houdini's life are included at the end of the manuscript, including the dates of his birth and death, as well as a safety disclaimer for children who may wish to imitate his most daring escape acts. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—This introduction to the life of magician and escape artist Erik Weisz, known to the world as Harry Houdini, is an easily accessible biography. The anecdotes of Houdini as a young boy, including his first magic trick ever, through his relatively short life of 52 years will engage beginning readers. It is inevitable that a short biography must leave out many details, but MacLeod provides enough of an overview (plus a warning at the end for children not to try Houdini's tricks themselves) to encourage them to learn more about the master performer. Mantha's full-color illustrations are pleasant complements to the text.—Farida S. Dowler, formerly at Mercer Island Library, WA

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Kids Can Press, Limited
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Kids Can Read Series
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

John Mantha is an artist and illustrator. His books include The Kids Book of Canadian Firsts and The Kids Book of Canada's Railway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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