Magic Beads

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It’s seven-year-old Lillian’s first day at a new school, and she’s got butterflies in her tummy, but those butterflies turn into grasshoppers when she learns she has to bring something for Show and Tell at the end of the week! Lillian and her mother have just moved away from Lillian’s abusive father and into a family shelter, leaving behind all of their possessions. Every day that Lillian anxiously watches her classmates bring toys with which she has nothing to compare, the creatures in her stomach change and ...

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Overview

It’s seven-year-old Lillian’s first day at a new school, and she’s got butterflies in her tummy, but those butterflies turn into grasshoppers when she learns she has to bring something for Show and Tell at the end of the week! Lillian and her mother have just moved away from Lillian’s abusive father and into a family shelter, leaving behind all of their possessions. Every day that Lillian anxiously watches her classmates bring toys with which she has nothing to compare, the creatures in her stomach change and grow, until finally, she realizes that imagination can make anything magical, even an ordinary string of beads.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
It is hard enough to be the new kid in school, but Lily is not only in her first day of second grade in a new school and city. She is also now living in a family shelter, sharing with other families, and angry with her mother for taking her away from her home. Meanwhile, Lily is trying to forget her father's "bad mood" behavior. Lily's teacher tells her about Show and Tell time. Lily's day to present will be Friday. Now along with her other worries, Lily must think of what she can possibly bring for Show and Tell. As each day goes by, a classmate brings a more elaborate and exciting item to show, and Lily gets more nervous. The butterflies in her stomach become grasshoppers, then bunny rabbits. By Friday they are buffalo, but Lily uses her imagination to perform a magic transformation of her own. Sketchy colored line drawings create lively characters along with basic settings. Lily's psychological worries are produced in black and fill the space all around her as she sits fretfully at her desk; she is finally totally surrounded by a herd of buffalo. In school, however, her imagination comes to her rescue. Her beads become magic in their transformations as the black animals are sent packing. On the end pages, the beads turn into a colorful butterfly giving a hint of the message of both compassion and imaginative creativity. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
When a little girl living in a shelter has to produce something for Show and Tell, she is filled with anxiety until her imagination takes over. Lillian's tummy flutters with nervous butterflies on her first day of second grade in a new school. Butterflies magnify into grasshoppers when her teacher explains the daily classroom Show and Tell and assigns Fridays to Lillian. As the week advances, the grasshoppers grow into rabbits and then into donkeys and finally into stampeding buffalo as Lillian worries what she's going to show. She has no toys in the shelter where she's living with her abused mother until they can afford an apartment. Watching classmates show off spiffy dolls, scooters, Lego spaceships, robots and action figures, Lillian resents her absent abusive father as well as her mother, who can't afford to buy a new toy. But when Friday arrives, the resilient Lillian relies on her strand of plastic beads and lots of imagination to create the best Show and Tell ever. Simple line-and-watercolor illustrations effectively contrast innocent classroom activities with Lillian's dark inner fears. A talisman for anxious readers. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894965477
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,428,589
  • Age range: 7 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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