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The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
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Apr 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: humane-education
Read from April 13 to 18, 2012

This is a delightful little story that encourages readers to look at life from another's point of view--human or otherwise.

The Gregg family is simply obsessed with hunting. It seems that each time the eight-year-old protagonist spots her neighbors, they are hauling dead animals out from the woods. One day, the little girl has simply had enough--and accidentally curses them by pointing at them.

The Gregg family awakes the next morning to find themselves winged and tiny as birds, and being hunted by human-sized ducks! The spell is only broken when the Greggs promise to never again kill an animal in sport.

While hunting is a minority pursuit it remains viciously contested in both the US and Britain. Through the use of humor and fantastic scenarios, this book helps bring the controversial issue down to a level that can make for some interesting discussions with young readers. Recommended!

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