Magic in the Park

Magic in the Park

Paperback - 2014
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"Ruth Chew's classic books perfectly capture the joy of everyday magic."--Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of the Magic Tree House series

Jen Mace and her new friend, Mike Steward, learn that magic can happen when you least expect it. And though it is very exciting, it can also be dangerous.
Jen has just moved to Brooklyn. She misses the woods and fields of her old home, but while walking in Prospect Park, Jen meets Mike.  Together they are fascinated by the older gentleman who is always surrounded by birds and seems to appear and disappear quite suddenly.

   For decades, Ruth Chew's books have been enchanting early readers with the thrill of magic in their own lives. Now these tales are once again available to work their spell on a new generation of fans.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]
ISBN: 9780449813775
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 126 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.


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MindyShepherd Apr 12, 2014

So far, this is my favorite Ruth Chew chapter book. First published in 1972 and reissued in 2013, Magic in the Park features a tree that moves, children who can fly, a cranky but helpful raven named Napoleon, and an old man who remembers when the park was wild and the Battle of Brooklyn was being fought. Because the setting is Prospect Park, where every island, hill, and monument that the children fly over evokes one of my favorite haunts, the magic of Chew’s writing and illustrations lingers long after the kids race each other home for birthday cake.


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