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The Magic Pawnshop

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  6 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published 1927 by E.P. Dutton and Company (first published 1926)
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Review of June, 2009

Sometimes when I go to a favorite used bookstore and don't find anything I really want I feel a strong obligation to buy something anyway, which is how I came by this book, from The Title Page in Bryn Mawr PA, which I visited recently for the first time in many years. I was so delighted to find it was still in business. The woman who owns it seemed quite old to me 20 years ago -- now she seems younger and livelier than I'd remembered. Clearly used book selling is a healthful
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fairy tale set right in my neighborhood? Yes, please! This endearing little gem takes place in the gaslight era on New Year's Eve, right under the Jefferson Market clock. The combination of Elizabeth MacKinstry's charmingly Art Deco illustrations and Rachel Fields' delightful story of magic and romance makes for picture-book alchemy.
Meg Wilson
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review here. Nine-year-old Prinda goes out on the snowy streets of 1920’s New York, on New Years Eve night, to find a miracle for her sick uncle. She discovers a pawnshop, featuring signs saying “A Small Supply of Magic On Hand For Regular Customers” and “Broomsticks Our Specialty."

This brief delightful tale is a rare find. The writing is brisk and witty: for example, Prinda, taking the family broom to the pawnshop in hopes of exchanging it for the miracle, “shouldered the broom like a musk
Kathie H
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some say pawnshops should be avoided because they're disreputable. Not this pawnshop. Are you looking for a spangly costume to wear to a fancy-dress ball for New Years Eve? You'll find it here. But you must have something of equal value to leave at the shop. It needn't be a gold watch or share of stock. How's your conscience been doing lately? Nice & shiny bright? Could you do without it for, say, the length of a fancy-dress ball? This book is enchanting & the "decorations" are heartrend ...more
A great read-aloud on or around New Year's Eve for anyone who is nostalgiac for Greenwich Village in the 1920s, or who loves magical fairy tales!
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Rachel Lyman Field was an American novelist, poet, and author of children's fiction. She is best known for her Newbery Medal–winning novel for young adults, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, published in 1929.

As a child Field contributed to the St. Nicholas Magazine and was educated at Radcliffe College. Her book, Prayer for a Child, was a recipient of the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations by El