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Get this product here: Morning Magic by Giles Smith

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When I saw this book on Amazon, I thought it would be perfect for my 7 year old daughter, who loves anything “silly” and love to read, although is still working on the basics of phonics to read more efficiently on her own.  Morning Magic is about a little girl witch Emily and all the trials she faces as she rushes to get dressed for magic school in the morning.  The full color illustrations are very cute and engaging, with Paul the frog starring in the mayhem.  While I think the book and story are cute and decently written, it is not my daughter’s favorite book and I can see why.  While the story nicely describes the frustrations Emily is going through and how she tries to look up the proper spell to use to release her clothes from her dresser, it would have be fun if the actual spell (and her mistaken early attempts at saying it) were included in the story, rather than just stating that she said a complicated spell.  While I understand that the focus of the story is on getting ready in the morning, a bit more of a glimpse into Emily’s magic school would have also helped to engage my daughter, rather than the text ending with her leaving her home.  While the diction is not overly complicated, this is not an early level “easy reader” – there were a number of words that my daughter was able to read and recognize, but also many where I had to step in for her. I suspect the level would be about right for most 2nd graders to read on their own.  Also be aware that there is a tiny bit of British/Australian slang, so American audiences may have to explain a few terms to their kids, but I mostly see this as a good learning opportunity.

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I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a free promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.

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