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The Magic Finger Paperback – September 1, 1998
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A very positive point for this book, is that it's written at about a second-grade level. Equivalent to the "Step 2" or "Level 2" books. It's actually got quite a story, but it's written easily enough for beginning readers to enjoy, which is really great and sometimes hard to find.
I thought the illustrations were wonderful and whimsical.
The story itself might be a little tough for an already extremely empathetic child to read. Since it depicts the feelings of ducks who are being hunted, this might be a sensitive issue for some. Introduce this book to the child of a hunting family, or even just a family of typical meat-eaters and you might find yourself with an angry little vegetarian on your hands! (Especially interesting, when contrasted against Dahl's "Danny, The Champion of the World" - a hunter's hero!)
My children enjoyed this story (and still eat their burgers), but I think for some children, it might raise some ethical problems. Which isn't always a bad thing, of course! But parents beware! This story might lead to a domestic revolt.
Of course, any family of vegetarians won't have a problem with this story at all. And, as another reviewer mentioned, this book can certainly offer some good "empathy" discussions with children.
As a side note of interest; at least to me, is Dahl's life (He was actually a Flying Ace during WWII and lead a rather adventuresome life. I have always been surprised that a major biography of the man has not been written - he died in 1990.
Anyway, "The Magic Finger" is the story of a little girl who has neighbors who like to hunt. They like to go hunting and kill animals "just for fun." (It is important to note the term "just for fun" here...more about that later). Their hunting practices make her extremely mad. Now this is a good thing and a bad thing because the little girl just happens to possess a magic finger; a finger that can have rather shocking results when she directs this finger toward those who anger her.
The main part of the story is of course that this little girls turns her finger on the entire family of hunters and as it would happen this family find themselves changed into small people with wings living in a bird nest they were forced to construct and at the same time a family of ducks finds they have grown to human size, lost their wings, grew arms and hands and take the hunting families house over. Of course the day after this happens the ducks gather the guns of the household and "go hunting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A short Roald Dahl story on the morality of hunting animals. Dahl can be counted on for whimsy! Perhaps due to the short length, this one had less depth than other Roald Dahl... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Cathie Strand
It was amazing I dislike it being so short and I think everybody should read this
😺😺i loved it
I love it when Philip and William fly up to the big tree.
I recommend it for 6-year olds.
If you don't have the original version illustrated by William Pene du Bois, you don't have the REAL book. This is an amazingly intense horror story when illustrated properly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Myers
This book is a waste.You could read the discription and thats bassicasly the whole book.This book is not very detailed and it is very very short and random. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Howard Mansell
Fast read. Read it to the kids, ages 6 and 4, for bedtime and they really enjoyed it and thought it was funny, and I enjoyed it as well.Published 4 months ago by Sam R.
I have read many books of Roald Dahl and they are awesome,I hope this bok will give me a wonderful experiancePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer