The Magic Backpack

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Josh's magic backpack takes him and his friend Tracy over the sea, over the desert, to the rainforest of his uncle's cocoa plantation in Africa so that Josh can bring back the most important ingredient of the chocolate cake his class is going to make.

Kicky is the only frog who has not yet lost his tail and Croaker teases that he is still a tadpole--until they get in trouble and Kicky's tail saves the day.

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Overview

Josh's magic backpack takes him and his friend Tracy over the sea, over the desert, to the rainforest of his uncle's cocoa plantation in Africa so that Josh can bring back the most important ingredient of the chocolate cake his class is going to make.

Kicky is the only frog who has not yet lost his tail and Croaker teases that he is still a tadpole--until they get in trouble and Kicky's tail saves the day.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Josh is having memory problems, but quickly remembers that he owns a very special, magic backpack. A backpack that can fly him to school so that he isn't tardy, and one that is strong enough to give his friends a ride home also. As part of a geography project, each child is to bring something to help make a chocolate cake. The ingredients for the cake are things that originally came from various parts of the world. Josh is supposed to bring the chocolate, which his uncle grows in Africa. But, he forgets all about his assignment until he arrives at school the next day. But, with the help of the backpack he is able to fly to his Uncle's cocoa plantation and see how cocoa is harvested and processed. He returns before recess if over with a backpack full of cocoa and candy bars and saves the day. The recipe for the "Around the World Chocolate Cake" with frosting is at the end of the book. This is part of the "Flying Foxes" series that encourages children to think about foods and where they come from in their world. 2004 (orig.2001), Crabtee Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 9.
—Barbara Youngblood
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-These stories incorporate facts that will please beginning readers who love nonfiction. In the first, Kicky the frog is upset that he still has his tadpole tail. Although his friend assures him that it's only a matter of time before it falls off, he is still impatient. In the end, the tail helps him to swim faster and escape piranhas, before it finally drops off. This story would be useful to introduce the life cycle of frogs, or, with its coming-of-age and friendship themes, for units on character education. In That's Not Right, young Ellie writes a short story about a bug getting stepped on. Later that evening, she meets a sow bug that retells the tale from his perspective. His wife provides her own account and the shoe provides a third version. This book offers a good example of point of view. In the final title, Josh forgets to bring the chocolate for a cake his class is baking. Everyone is upset with him, but he saves the day when he uses his magic backpack to travel to Africa to get cocoa. Forgetfulness, responsibility, and friendship are the major themes in this easy-reader. Each title ends with a related craft or activity and is illustrated with vivid cartoon artwork.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778715337
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Flying Foxes Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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