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The Wizard of Washington Square

The Wizard of Washington Square

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One day, while playing in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, David and Leilah are thrilled to discover a real wizard living behind the little black door in Washington Square Arch. Alas, he is only a second-class wizard, he tells them, and sometimes he has trouble with his spells. So when the Wizard accidentally turns David's Scottish terrier, D. Dog, into

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One day, while playing in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, David and Leilah are thrilled to discover a real wizard living behind the little black door in Washington Square Arch. Alas, he is only a second-class wizard, he tells them, and sometimes he has trouble with his spells. So when the Wizard accidentally turns David's Scottish terrier, D. Dog, into a statue and the statue is stolen by Mr. Pickwell, a nasty antiques dealer, it's up to David and Leilah to get D. Dog back—before Mr. Pickwell sells him!

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Saturday Review
"A palpable mixture of magic, nonsense, and a light-hearted splash of local color…. A blithe and bouncy book.
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"A palpable mixture of magic, nonsense, and a light-hearted splash of local color.... A blithe and bouncy book."—Saturday Review on The Wizard of Washington Square

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765350169
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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The Wizard of Washington Square

TO BEGIN BEFORE THE BEGINNINGDeep in the heart of New York City is a tiny park called Washington Square. It is two blocks long and two blocks wide—which is why it is called a square. On one side, under hovering maple trees, are stone tables inlaid with chess boards. And every nice day in the spring, summer, and fall—and on some bad days as well—the old men of Greenwich Village come out to play.On the other side of the Square are two tiny playgrounds. And every nice day in the spring, summer, and fall—and on some bad days as well—the children of Greenwich Village come out to play.Midway between these two sides is a circle. And in the circle is the fountain. Around this circle in the Square, on the fountain's low wall, young men with beards and young women with long hair sit and sun themselves and sing. They do this in all kinds of weather in the spring, summer, and fall. And in the winter, too.And in the very middle of the fountain, although not very many people know it, lives the Wizard of Washington Square.It is true, he has often been seen. But because he has a beard and long hair, he is sometimes mistaken for one of the young men and women of the fountain. Or, because his beard and hair are white, it is sometimes thought, by people who do not know better, that he is one of the old men who play chess. And from the back, because he is only three feet high, he is sometimes mistaken for a child.But he is none of these things. He is a wizard. And he lives in the fountain in the circle in the middle of Washington Square.Copyright © 2005 by Jane Yolen

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen is the distinguished author of more than 250 books for children, teens, and adults. She has earned many awards over the years, including the World Fantasy Award, two Nebula Awards, the Society of Children's Book Writers Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic Society Aslan Award, two Christopher Medals, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, New York State's Charlotte Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, four Honorary Doctorates, and many more awards and citations for her work. Ms. Yolen lives in with her husband in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Wizard of Washington Square 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Square Park in Greenwich Village feeling lonely. His family has just relocated from Connecticut to New York and he has no friends. When his canine¿s ball lands in the fountain in the middle of the park he meets Leilah who goes into the water to retrieve the toy. Leilah informs him that the fountain is home to a wizard................. David scoffs at the inane girl, but soon they encounter THE WIZARD OF WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, who explains he is a second rate failure, which is why he has been exiled to the land of non-believers. He proves his incompetence when he accidentally turns D. Dog into a statue. Before the Wizard can figure out how to rectify his blunder, antiques dealer Mr. Pickwell steals the statue to sell it. David and Leilah team up to retrieve D. Dog while the Wizard works on a reversal spell...................... THE WIZARD OF WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK is a fantastic urban fantasy that the elementary school crowd and their parents will enjoy. The story line enchants the audience as David and Leilah become friends while trying to rescue his dog from a terrible fate. The Wizard will remind readers of Oz as he bungles spells. Jane Yolen entertains her young readers with a fine friendship fantasy........................... Harriet Klausner