A Tale of Magic, Book 1

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Imaginative, lively tale launches Land of Stories prequels.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 8+

Listen to the Kids - A Tale of Magic

Look at the reviews from the kids! Chris Colfer’s books are more than a story. There are history lessons, real life challenges, and real world issues that lead to improved communications in families. Read his books WITH your children, because you will find yourself amazed by how clearly and simply he can explain what the problem is that confronts the child in today’s world. I see a number of “beware, it confronts ‘Christianity’”. If you are not examining your beliefs daily, how do you know how true you are? I find it refreshing, and have experienced the self confidence and empowerment to think they are valued in children who read The Land of Stories and A Tale of Magic books. Highly Recommend.

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age 11+

Overcoming life's obstacles

Great book full of adversity and adventure. This is a great read for kids who may be unaware of racism, religious bias, and class stereotypes in their lives. This book took quite a bit of time in setting up and developing the background of the lead character. It throws in a few more undeveloped characters very quickly and while you get the idea that they develop close bonds, it does not give you development in that part of the story. This book is a great motivator for believing in yourself no matter where you are coming from and where you want to go.

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