Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Wizard

The Wizard
Bill Martin Jr. ~ Sal Murdocca
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970

Now, nothing saddens me more than a WITHDRAWN library book that is a first edition, more than forty years old, crisp and seemingly uncracked, with a book card in the back without one, single signature or stamp. To think of all the years that little book sat on the shelf, untouched and unread, only to be chucked years later in the discard pile.

This one's a tiny book, so I imagine once it was shelved, it was lost behind other larger, more exciting titles and always overlooked. All I can say is the kids at the Hill Country Montessori School really missed out.The beloved author of the Eric Carle classic series including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, this is what you would describe as an early reader... its pages a litany of all the two-word things one wizard can do.

I dance.
I sing.
I run.
I wing.
I skip.
I jump.
I hop.
I hump.

Now, get your mind out of the gutter, because this book is an absolute delight, both in its simple rhymes and its sweet watercolors by the artist who famously illustrates the Magic Tree House series. If your young reader loves wizards (you know our house in on board with that), you can't help but be charmed by this fluid little man as he disappears right into your heart. Cute, right?

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1 comment:

  1. I've put together a post about these Bill Martin Instant Readers with the info I was able to find on them - including a link to this post and another one you have. http://our-little-library.blogspot.com/2011/05/bill-martin-instant-readers.html