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9 Magic Wishes

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Magical new illustrations for a story by the author of "The Lottery"
A girl is given nine wishes by a mysterious magician, and her choices perfectly capture a childlike imagination. For example, wish one is for an orange pony with a purple tail; wish two is for a squirrel holding a nut that opens and inside is a Christmas tree; wish eight is for a little box and inside is
Hardcover, 39 pages
Published September 13th 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1963)
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Summary: On a very funny day, a magician shows up at the narrator's house. He offers her nine wishes. She only uses up eight, wishing for a pony, a clown, a squirrel and nut, a candy garden, a snowman, a tiny zoo, a silver ship, and a bunch of boxes with an elephant inside. The magician leaves the ninth wish on a rock for someone else to find and then goes away.

Uses: independent reading for early readers; a counting book for students

Social issues: girl shows how unselfish she is by only taking e
Great book for discussion both about the choices the character made and about what the reader's choices would be.
My very favorite book as a child, but I have the 1963 edition with the sublime illustrations by Lorraine Fox. I have been looking for a copy for my sister for years.
Callie Rose Tyler
Not only are these pictures gorgeous, a little reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg’s work, but the story is very sweet. Simple yet bursting with imagination.
Whimsical and quirky; just like the day this little girl has. Nice illustrations.
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Shirley Jackson was an influential American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.

She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown Ameri
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