Magic by the Lake

Magic by the Lake

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by Edward Eager
     
 

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When wishing for magic, it's hard not to wish for too much. If Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha had stopped to think--oh, if they had only stopped to think!--they would have ordered magic by the pound, or by the day, or even by the halves as they had in Half Magic. But no, they asked for magic by the lake--and now they have to deal with a whole lakeful of enchantment

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When wishing for magic, it's hard not to wish for too much. If Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha had stopped to think--oh, if they had only stopped to think!--they would have ordered magic by the pound, or by the day, or even by the halves as they had in Half Magic. But no, they asked for magic by the lake--and now they have to deal with a whole lakeful of enchantment! Soon the children are awash in magic. They find themselves cavorting with mermaids, outwitting pirates, and--with the help of a cranky old turtle--granting a little magical help to the one person who needs it most.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
"Be careful what you wish for" is an appropriate cliché for this story of four siblings who are vacationing near a lake full of magic. Jane, Mark, Katherine, and Martha spend the summer trying to tame the lake's magic with the help of a cranky old turtle, and find themselves swimming with mermaids and escaping from pirates. The children finally decide to use their magic to help someone close to them. Told with wit and humor, this story is lighter and less thought provoking than Tuck Everlasting, but is based on a similar theme of having too much of a good thing. One note of caution: originally published in 1957, one chapter finds Martha on an island with natives who are cannibals and speak an abbreviated form of English ("smallum, girlum, fattum," etc.) This portrays a negative stereotype that young readers (or parents and teachers) may find offensive. 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This re-release of a forty-year-old fantasy brings Eager's imaginative time travel tale to a new audience. The magical thyme garden transports two sets of sibling cousins to far away places and real and mythical eras. Escorted by the toadlike Natterjack, the children visit Salem; Elizabethan England; a cannibal island; and the March's home in Concord, Massachusetts. The adventures seem surprisingly fresh and are less politically incorrect than expected, having originated in the fifties. The Bodecker illustrations retain their original charm, and are supplemented with cover art by Quentin Blake. A delightful diversion for adults to revisit with their favorite young reader.
From the Publisher
"The combination of real children and fantasy is convincing and funny."  —Booklist

"The same mélange of realism and fantasy, witty talk and believable characterization that has come to be the hallmark of Mr. Eager’s stories.”  —The New York Times Book Review
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152504410
Publisher:
Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1957
Pages:
183
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

EDWARD EAGER  (1911–1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing children's stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling Half Magic, published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges his indebtedness to E. Nesbit, whom he considered the best children's writer of all time—"so that any child who likes my books and doesn't know hers may be led back to the master of us all."
 

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Magic by the Lake 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic by the Lake is a great book. The kids run into all sorts of magical figures,like the turtle. They get themselves into all sorts of messes,and their parents don't have a clue. This book is a great follow up to Half Magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! Read today! Magic, adventure,andhumor above all others!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magic by the lake is a charming piece of literature. I highly reccoment this book. This book will laeve you on the edge of your seat. It has many cliff hanging adventures and you will never be bored with it!!!!!! :) :) ! !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually picked this book for my book report and I got an A+ It was one of the most intersting books I have ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic by the Lake, the sequel to my favorite book Half Magic, is about the new magical adventures of Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha going on a summer vacation along a lake with their mother and stepfather. When Jane accidentally wishes for a whole lakeful of magic, they bump into thousands of problems and journeys (for example, they go to the South Pole and go aboard a pirate ship by magic) until they realize that their stepfather is the one that needs magic most. I liked this book because it's so cool how Edward Eager mixes in other classic stories with this fantastic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is awesome! I think everyone should read it. It is VERY exciting. It is one of those books you can't put down!! The book also inspires you to read more ( it especially inspires you to read more Edward Eager books!)It is on A LOT of lists of things that are good to read! I didn't like to read ( I even told that to my teacher) but after reading Magic By The Lake I read ALL the time!It is a COOL book...READ IT
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Love it .great read good for childern who like story that have magic there will problely like thast
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This is a fun, fantasy adventure with a lot of humor along the way. Great for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is an extrordinary book. Very interesting, very funny, and very magical. I wish that something like what happened to them would happen to me someday.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you know me well, then you know that I rave about Edward Eager. I know that he is an E. Nesbit imitator, and several of his books borrow heavily from her plots. He did not deny this. But since I have never read a Nesbit story, I am able to judge Eager's books as works by themselves. I can never say enough good things about his stories. It's really too bad he only wrote seven in this series. I wish there were more worthwhile books like these for kids to read instead of the often depressing or slutty youth fiction out there now. "Magic By the Lake" is the third book he wrote in his magic books series, but it is actually a sequel to the first one, "Half Magic". Once again, we are taken to the 1920's where Jane, Mark, Katherine, and Martha experience an encore magic adventure. Often, they enter the worlds of their favorite books. The book being replete with illustrations, one thing I liked to do was flip forward to the next chapter to look at the drawings to get a sneak peek at what their next adventure would hold. Anything and everything crazy happens from encountering pirates, discovering the South Pole, growing up overnight, meeting their future children, and almost being eaten by cannibals! The only 'down' side of the book was the ending. Half the book was spent in the children trying to find a way to save their stepfather's bookshop business, but in the end, the business was not really saved by their efforts. Parents concerned by the 'magic' in these books need not be worried. There are certainly not in the same vain as Harry Potter, wizardry, etc. Rather, they are innocent "fairy tales" where the protagonists get three wishes (or, in this case, a whole lake-ful) and they experience the adventures and consequences from their magic wish. The children must learn to work cooperatively together and how think through how their actions may effect others. They also learn the consequences of wishes made selfishly. This being the third of Eager's books that I've read, I've found that in each of his tales, a certain down-to-earth realistic element does exist alongside the fanastical. In "Magic By the Lake", it is the situation of the children's father possible losing his job (something that can well be identified with in today's world). But lest you get the impression that these books are depressing or "preachy", nothing could be farther from the truth! Basically, it's just a good old-fashioned story that should just be absorbed and enjoyed as just that-- not bogged down by commentaries and annotations. These are kids' books, but I can tell you that as a young adult, I probably enjoy these for all their delightfulness more than I would have when I was younger. I think this comes from the fact that the children are so real. I mean, they think like kids think and act as kids act. I was sorry to come to the end of the story and find that Jane, Mark, Katherine, and Martha do not have another book about them later in the series, but I know that they make a cameo appearance in "The Time Garden". Sorry to go on and on about this (I warned you I rave!). Do not deny yourself the pleasure of reading this series! P.S. - These make great read-aloud books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooooo much it was exciting, cute, and funny. You have to read it
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