The Well-Wishers

The Well-Wishers

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by Edward Eager, N. M. Bodecker

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"This one will delight." -Christian Science Monitor 5-1/8 X 7-5/8. Black-and-white illustrations  See more details below


"This one will delight." -Christian Science Monitor 5-1/8 X 7-5/8. Black-and-white illustrations

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
First published in 1960, this latest reissue of one of Edward Eager's "magic" novels holds its own. Long autumn days are made more interesting when six friends discover the magical properties of an old abandoned well. Each of the kids is involved in a particular adventure and each relates his/her own story. James finds a home for a lonely orphan and brightens a teacher's life, old Mr. Appledore and Madame Salvini find love in the apple orchard, Dicky LeBaron gradually changes from thug to hero, and James, who rescues a damsel in distress, gets more than he bargained for. With subtle humor and insight into human behavior as the strong points, readers will quickly realize that all of the magic is not in the well. References to a hi-fi, Elvis, and a Thunderbird date the story as do the illustrations of kids in 60's style clothing. Quentin Blake's cover art may have been a better choice throughout the book. The awkward handling of the arrival of the first black family in the neighborhood confirms the author's discomfort with the topic. Flaws aside, this is a pleasant, nostalgic read that still has the magic to delight.
From the Publisher
"A keen insight into human behavior . . . , a subtle twist of humor, and an ability to hold action to a fast pace keep Mr. Eager's books well out in front for popularity and charm. This one will delight." 
Christian Science Monitor

“Delectable wordplay and a light, witty touch make these adventures pure delight. Deserves an exalted place on every bookshelf of classics.” 


Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Tales of Magic Series, #6
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.63(d)
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 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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