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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
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Hardcover, 39 pages
Published September 13th 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1963)
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Dea
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magical, wonderful, sweet.
Cherina
Sep 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
The quirky story is exactly the type of picture book I'd expect from Shirley Jackson. Other reviewers rave about Lorraine Fox's illustrations, but they do nothing for me. If Fox was 7 when she drew them, I'd be impressed.
Beverly
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Whimsical and quirky; just like the day this little girl has. Nice illustrations.
Melloncollie
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Cheryl
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book for discussion both about the choices the character made and about what the reader's choices would be.
Callie Rose Tyler
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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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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