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Juma and the Magic Jinn Hardcover – September, 1986


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688054439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688054434
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,311,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2-4 Juma, a young boy in Kenya, is sent home for not paying attention in school, and in his search for excitement he evokes the magic jinn from the family's jinn jar (every household had such a corked jar). His less-than-wise wishes offer him ways of life not to his liking, so he returns home content to make a creative life out of a world he knows. Mikolaycak's full-color, full-page illustrations are loaded with details of clothing, landscape, and town life. They invest Juma and his black cat, Paka, with character, and create a female jinn with a head full of yellow beaded strands and yellow veil who is simultaneously awe-inspiring and kind. These are lush images that, with the decorative border on each text page, produce a sense of place for this tale of a young imagination testing its limits. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Juma and the Magic Jinn" combines a story by Joy Anderson with colorful illustrations by Charles Mikolaycak. Together they tell the story of Juma, a Kenyan boy. Juma would rather write poems and draw pictures when his teacher is trying to teach his class sums and scripts. Frustrated by the situation, Juma summons a magical being called a jinn, and asks the jinn for some magical help. Ultimately, he learns an important lesson.
This is a beautifully illustrated story with an enjoyable magical theme.
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This is one of my favorite children's books. I buy it for all the young ones in my life. It has beautiful illustrations and teaches about finding joy where you are. It also teaches that if our wishes came true, life might not be as good in those circumstances as we have imagined it would be.
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