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“Something Magic”

by Maggie S. Davis; illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young, 1991. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1230 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10020 $13.95 (U.S.) ISBN 0-671-69627-0

Something Magic Happens for the Reader too!

While not overtly Pagan, this lovely children’s story focuses on a young girl’s special relationship with her Grandmother. Beautifully worded, colorfully drawn, this story can easily wet your eyes. All through the story, the girl tries to see which part of herself most resembles her “Gammy.” There are healthy, graceful undertones about the way Gammy has aged over the years. There is also a very touching page where they remember Grandpa, who is dead, but is still close to Gammy. As the book draws to a close, the young girl sees something magic happen to Gammy! “Light shone from inside her. It twinkled in her eyes and made her face look rosy. It was brighter than the moon and made me warm. Maybe that’s the part of Gammy that I look like.” When we turn to the last page, something magic happens for the reader too! We see that the story is really being told by a Mother, telling her own memories of Gammy to her young daughter. “Maybe that’s the part of you that looks like me,” she says standing hand in hand with her daughter, walking where the tip of the ocean meets the sand. Maid, Mother, and Crone come full Circle! Artwork is unique in style, since each drawing sketches a white-bordered photo, like what we’d see in an old family album. There are several nice renderings of the full moon and other nature scenery too. While the price is a bit steep, hopefully this book is one that your children will keep and share one day with their own grandchildren.

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