The Magic Pillow

The Magic Pillow

by Demi

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416924708
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Demi is the award-winning creator of numerous books for children, including The Empty Pot; Buddha; The Dalai Lama; The Legend of Saint Nicholas; Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; and Muhammad, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice selection, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, one of the Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth, and a Book Links “Lasting Connections” selection, and was cited in a Publishers Weekly starred review as a “timely, exceptionally handsome biography [that] serves as an excellent introduction to Islam.” Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.

Demi is the award-winning creator of numerous books for children, including The Empty Pot; Buddha; The Dalai Lama; The Legend of Saint Nicholas; Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; and Muhammad, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice selection, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, one of the Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth, and a Book Links “Lasting Connections” selection, and was cited in a Publishers Weekly starred review as a “timely, exceptionally handsome biography [that] serves as an excellent introduction to Islam.” Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.

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EricaRodriguez on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The Magic Pillow is a traditional Chinese short story from around 700 A.D. It depicts the story of a young Chinese boy named Ping, who is sent out to collect firewood for his poor family. He is unable to go back home because of heavy snows and spends the night at an inn. Ping meets a great magician, who is also staying at the inn. This magician shows him beautiful and wondrous things, but Ping is saddened because of his meager circumstances. The magician then shows Ping a magic pillow that if he falls asleep on all of his dreams will come true. Ping takes the pillow and falls asleep. In his dreams all of his wishes do come true. He becomes a great man, with wealth and power, but with this he also becomes unhappy. When he wakes up he hands the magician back his pillow and decides that he might be poor, but he is wealthier than any other powerful man because he is happy. The magician than states to Ping that the greatest wealth is wisdom. This book is a great addition to any library because it depicts culturally significant Chinese beliefs about wealth, power, wisdom, and happiness. The book could be used in a story time since it is a simplified tale of the Chinese short story and is depicted with artwork in the Chinese traditional style. It could be combined with other such books that would portray Chinese culture.
bsalomon on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A little boy goes to collect firewood, but it snows so heavily that he stops at an inn. He meets a great magician and the magician asks him why he is so sad. He tells the wizard that it is because he is poor and only has one black pony. The magician gives him a magic pillow. He tells the boy to go to sleep on the pillow and his wishes will come true. This is a good book for children to read because it teaches them that wishing is ok because you might be able to achieve what you wish for.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
What child wouldn't be transfixed by Demi's illustrations? Her colors are bold, primary and her designs are intricate.. She is an artist with finely tuned sensibilities, one who translates the mundane into the magical. She captures the eye with the hues of her paints and attention to the most minute detail Not only have her books garnered a legion of fans but Demi has been awarded the Christopher Medal and one title was named Best Illustrated Book by the New York Times. With The Magic Pillow she reintroduces an ancient Chinese folktale. It is the story of Ping, a poor boy who goes out to gather firewood to keep his family warm. But once he reaches the mountains he realizes that he cannot return home due to a sudden heavy snow. However, 'Not far away Ping could see the light of an inn. He rode over to ask if he might stay there till the storm stopped.' It so happened that a magician was also staying at the inn. This man performed amazing tricks and gives Ping a magic pillow. Once Ping falls asleep on the pillow he has breathtaking dreams. In these dreams he has everything he has ever desired - fame, fortune, power. But, does the acquisition of these things bring true happiness? Youngsters will learn from Ping's experience as he discovers what it is that truly gives him joy. - Gail Cooke