can purchase the 38-page literature guide PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-type
game for Waiting for the Magic for immediate
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for the Magic
by Patricia MacLachlan
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
never allowed his kids to have a dog, but after Papa leaves home looking
for the magic necessary to enable him to write great poetry, Mama loads
the two kids into the car and heads for the animal shelter, intent on
replacing her "flawed" husband with a dog. They come home with
magic: four dogs and one cat (requested by 4-year-old Elinor) who indeed
fill the vacuum left by Papa.
story is told by William, their 5th
grade son, who has seen Papa pull this vanishing act before. Although
he has always returned, William isn't buying his excuses this time. He
is sure that Papa will not return, so he stops listening for the phone
to ring and for the door to open. He enjoys the dogs who seem to understand
their role perfectly. They are protectors and entertainers. He watches
Elinor talk to them and listen to them. It isn't long before William can
hear them, too.
Mama gets sick, Lula the cat shares her diagnosis to the dogs. What is
wrong? Should Mama tell Papa? Neo, the biggest dog thinks so and shares
his sage advice with William who passes it along to Mama.
will happen when Papa finally comes home? Can any explanation he gives
be apology enough? Should William ever forgive him? Has Papa really changed?
Will he leave again?
read in only 138 pages, Waiting for
the Magic is an endearing realistic fantasy, one too familiar to many
families in the United States today... children being raised in one-parent
families because Papa has gone away looking for magic when the real magic
is in the home he left. Too few papas ever realize that, but in Waiting
for the Magic, Papa discovers it in the dogs that initiate the magic.
He realizes that the dogs’ eight eyes became HIM while he was away.
They watched over the family. They protected them, and when he came home,
they were a beacon that reminded him who he was.
perhaps if more young boys have four dogs from a shelter in their homes
(not locked in cages or isolated in the back yard) to work magic on them,
they will become fathers who never leave home.
for the Magic combines the unlikely genres of realism and fantasy
to produce an entertaining look at a family in turmoil. Appealing charcoal
pencil illustrations by Amy June Bates add to the smiles while Elinor's
hysterical one-liners, the dog's antics, cute grandparents, and an eccentric
friend all add to the fun, A double-surprise ending tops off this story
with a two-cherry cheer!
Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully
planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic
skills, teambuilding, and guarantees thoughtful social and exciting academic
growth for every classroom. It is an essential part of every home and
school library. You will want this Kids Wings literature
guide PLUS a class set of this terrific novel!
for the Magic
on the Family
Stay Close to Your Child
Dads Should Read to their Kids
How to Play a Game and Bond
Holly Dunn's Daddy's
George Strait's A
The Elephant Song
A Daddy Joke
God Made a Dog
National Center for Fathering
up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will
not depart from it. ~ Bible, Proverbs 22:6
father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty as the
son who neglects them. ~ Confucius
didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~ Clarence Budington Kelland
like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a
very important stage in their development. ~ David Gottesman
fathers have noble children. ~ Euripides
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano
boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about
small boys. ~ Unknown
is a wise father that knows his own child. ~ William Shakespeare
can purchase the 38-page literature guide PLUS an interactive
Jeopardy-type game for Waiting for the Magic for
immediate download for only $18.95!
Here to Download and Purchase!
38-page Kids Wings Literature Guide includes a interactive Jeopardy-type
game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your electronic
board for Waiting
for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan is
Lesson Planning Activity Guide Contains:
Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
2-Page Readers Theater Introduction
Ballads Using Summarizing Skills
Chapters 1-2: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 1 and 2
Chapters 3-5: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story
Use the Clues: Inferencing Evaluation Chapters 3-5
Chapters 6-8: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 6-8
Chapters 9-11: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Talk About the Problem, a Discussion Guide
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story, Chapters 9-11
Discussing Dogs and Papa, Short Answers, Chapters 9-11
Chapters 12-14: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Chapter 12: What's an Analogy?
Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 12-14
Chapters 15-17: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story, Chapters 15-17
Words to Pictures, Chapters 15-17
Chapters 18-20: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Logic Puzzle: Lula's Outfits
Writing: Changing Points of View
Comparing and Contrasting Books
Writing: Editing a Letter
My Letter to an Author
An Interactive Jeopardy-type game
for the Magic is one of the 26 literature guides in Growing
Young Americans. While you can purchase the individual literature
guides for about $18.00, if you order Growing
Young Americans, you can get the entire collection in a spiral-bound
book with CD and site license for one school and pay
less than $2 a unit in the collection!
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