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Susan Cooper creates a clever story about a boy that works for a magician is his assistant. His daily duties include washing the rabbits that the magician pulls from his hat, taking care of the magical herb garden and manning the puppets in the magician's puppet show. After a while these tasks grew to be boring for the young lad and he wanted to learn magic but the magician would always tell him no. The boy never grew flustered instead he continued to work hard. One day at a very important magic...
Boy works for the Magician, who allows him to work the puppets in the puppet play but won't teach him magic. Then one performance, Boy discovers that the St. George puppet is missing, and is ordered by the Magician to search for it. Suddenly, Boy finds himself in the Land of Story, and where he must look for the missing puppet within the different nursery rhymes and tales. While I enjoyed Susan Cooper's writing, her descriptions and characters, the plot just didn't work for me. The ending didn't...
I really wanted to like this but it fell flat for me. I just wasn't drawn in and abandoned the book after a few chapters. This morning I thought I would give it another chance...it could be read cover to cover in an about an hour or so...but I still wasn't interested. I did skip to the end and I liked the way it ended (but even that didn't make me go back to the middle) so I gave it 2 stars instead of one. I could see myself recommending this to some kids...it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Need to know some basic fairy tales to get all the references (jack and the beanstalk, little old woman in the shoe, red riding hood, pied piper..) I thought it could be a good fantasy read aloud because it's short, and it does have components of the genre, but not sure it's best representation
A good book for young readers who enjoy adventure and are familiar with fairytales. The story reminds me of Job Scieszka’s Summer Reading is Killing Me. The illustrations were not enjoyable most of the time. Great fantasy.
This was a read aloud with my kids. It was a cute little story.
This was a read-aloud in Maren's 1st grade class. A nice reminder of fairy tales but it won't go down as a classic.
This book was disappointing.
Not quite what I expected from Susan Cooper. The story was okay; but it was a short book and easy to read with a six year old. It just didn’t seem deep or hold interest as much as other books.
My 5 year old and I found this pretty clever, although I don't think he understood who St George was (in fable, not in the book itself).
My "Book talk" including lots of quotes from the book. The Boy wanted, more than anything in the world, to learn magic, but his master the Magician always said “Not yet, Boy. Not till the time is right. Not yet.” So the Boy polished the Magician’s magic wands, weeded the garden where the magic herbs grew, fed the white rabbits that the Magician pulled out of his hat, and during performances, helped the Magician perform the story of “Saint George and the Dragon.” His job was to pull the puppet st...
This is a fun book sprinkled throughout with wonderful drawings about a Magician’s Apprentice. A great book for younger kids to read with their parents or for older kids to read by themselves. The story is cleverly done and even adult fans of fairy tales will find it entertaining.The magician’s boy is upset because the magician won’t teach him magic. The Magician does however let the boy perform a puppet show for his clients. However when the lead puppet (Saint George) is found to be missing the...
The magician's apprentice was a young boy. He was in charge of the extravagant puppet show that was shown during the Magician's performance. One day, Saint George puppet, the dragon slayer, was missing. The magician was angry and sent the Boy back into Story Land. There he ran into many familiar fairy tale creatures. This started his journey to find Saint George and bring him back for the puppet show. As an adult, I even found myself quickly flipping to the next page to see who the Boy ran into
Teton County Call #: SH CH COOPERNO RATINGA nice short chapter book that takes a twist on a number of fairy tales, including "The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Pinocchio," and "Jack and the Beanstalk." Accompanied by wonderful illustrations, the premise of this story is a young boy (whos name is never mentioned) who works for a magician and wants very much to become his apprentice so that the boy can learn some of the magician's tricks. The boy is growing tired of wai...
Published: 2005, Simon & Schuster Children's PublishingAge: 8-12A boy works with a magician. He works the magician's puppets in a puppet show. One day in the middle of a puppet show, the boy can't find the Saint George puppet. The magician is furious and zaps the boy into the land of the story. There, a signpost says, "Only a child can find the way to bring Saint George back to the play." He desperately searches for Saint George and along the way he runs into The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe an...
The Boy works for the Magician, but instead of learning magic, the unhappy lad weeds the garden of magic herbs, polishes the magic wands, and operates the marionettes for the puppet play "Saint George and the Dragon." One day the Boy is transformed into a character in the land of the puppet play, where he encounters well-known folks from nursery rhymes, nursery tales, and other children's classics. He acquits himself so well in this adventure that he earns a real name for himself as well as the
This is for a child who is becoming pretty confident about their reading, perhaps grade 3-4. The Boy works hard for The Magician but is unhappy because he wants to learn magic and the magician keeps telling him not now. He also helps the Magician at private shows for people by operating the puppets in the puppet show. One day they are at the beginning of telling the story of Saint George and the Dragon when The Boy realizes that St. George is gone and tells the Magician that. The rather angry Ma...
This was the most adorable little book I've read in a long time. I loved the idea of the boy going through Story Land and meeting characters from fairytales and nursery rhymes he'd heard when he was younger. Jack and his beanstalk, Red Riding Hood, the wolf, and others. And the way he interacts with those characters as they're going along in their own stories was just awesome! There was a lot of dry humor and wit, and the ending was also great. Susan Cooper has amazing talent!All in all, a very
The boy works the magician they do proformances and after everyone the boy does a puppet show, but one day he lost one of his puppets. He travels through the world of fairy tales in search of him. At the end he earns his true name.I like this book because it's a adventure. It also has big letters so I can read it better. If you like adventure then you should read this book it also envolves a lot of fairy tales like little red riding hood and jack and the bean stock and much more so if you like
Maren and I just started this one. I don't know anything about it other than it's by Susan Cooper and I generally like her books. We liked it. It wasn't fantastic, but Maren enjoyed the familiar characters from different stories and seeing how they connected and interacted with each other. The vocabulary was good and it was well written. It's not too long, and the chapters are just about the right size. We'll probably read it again sometime.
Once apon a time there was a boy and he worked for a magician.He washed the rabbits,put on a puppet show, and then he cleaned up the puppets.One night in the middle of the puppet show one puppet was not there he looked every where and the more he looked the more the magician was running out of patience.Finally the magician was furios he sent the boy to a magical world with fairy tales and dragons. I am not going to tell even more your going to have to read the book.
The Boy, who never gets a name, has to find the Magician's Saint George puppet mid-performance. The Magician casts him into storyland, where the Boy makes his way through several known nursery rhymes and stories. He meets Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Jack and the Giant, the Pied Piper, and the old woman who lived in a shoe. While the language was nice and created good imagery, and the concept of using known stories had potential, it's been done better.
A 2005 Susan Cooper (The Dark is Rising) novel for young readers that mixes adventure, fantasy, and quest. "The Boy," is an apprentice to the Magician, whose puppet show of St. George and the Dragon transforms into a reality. On a quest to find St. George, The Boy encounters the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Little Red Riding Hood, and the giant at the top of the beanstalk. With large print and 100 pages long, this could be a good chapter book readaloud to introduce the fantasy genre.
Susan Cooper captures me again! This is a delightfully sweet romp through stories that all children should know. It is a good book to read to see if your children are aware of these stories and if they are not, they need to have that opportunity. And the magic in the story is both strong and good, bringing out the best in others. I love it when magic is portrayed this way.
Cute easy to read story for children with an important lesson. I love that the boy doesn't really have an identity until he chooses one for himself, and really that what he chooses has been a part of him the entire time. It's a good lesson for all children to learn that labels don't stick unless you choose them and to look inside yourself for who you really are.
This is one of my favorire books of Susan cooper.This book is about a boy who wanted to be a magician but his parents would not let him. So one day he goes on a adventure looking for saint george the puppet.He finally finds him but .....read this book to find out what happens to saint george here at miss Bailey book shelf.
This is a great story for younger elementary students. It’s longer than some books but uses very big words on the pages. It’s about a boy who works for a magician and is sent to a strange land where he encounters people from fairy tales such as little red riding hood, jack and the beanstalk and others.
Short and sweet, simple but well-crafted language. The chapters were just the right length to read a little when we had a few minutes, but to stop and leave the kids engaged and waiting for more. My new reader could read a page or two on his own with slight guidance, or follow along as I read. Perfect book for his level, now I need to find more like this!
I picked this up off the shelf the other day and I'm so glad I sat down and took the twenty minutes to read it, especially because I have many struggling readers who often ask for fantasy stories and I had been running out of titles I knew were both simple to read and worth the effort. I can't wait to recommend this book to my students and I'll do so wholeheartedly.
This is a delightful little story about a little boy who is the "puppetmaster" for a magician. When the St. George puppet from "St. George and the Dragon" disappears, Boy must go on a quest through various fairy tales and nursery rhymes to find the missing puppet.