Wednesday, November 27, 2013

‘Waiting for the Magic’ by Patricia MacLachlan

Book cover: Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan is a sweet-natured story that is sure to appeal to readers who love animals.

William’s father leaves at the beginning of the story, “to go off and do some writing.” And his mother takes William and his sister to the local animal shelter.

Shortly after bringing home four dogs and a cat, William and his sister Elinor discover that the animals can talk.

The story gently addresses concepts — like parents separating — that young readers may struggle with. I especially loved the interaction between the children and the animals.

Waiting for the Magic is a featured title in Oregon Battle of the Books, third- to fifth-grade division. OBOB is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant.

OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

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