- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (October 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161633326X
- ISBN-13: 978-1616333263
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Magical Matthew Paperback – Large Print, October 15, 2012
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"What a cute story and what sweet imagination! . . . I highly recommend this wonderful story. . . . You will not be disappointed with this little book!" - Readers' Favorite
My first book, "Magical Matthew," won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine Awards Program (moms and educators), in the Positive Behavior Learning Books for Kids Award Category! This is such an honor for the first book in my Magical Series!
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From the Author
This book was inspired by my friend's son, Matthew, when he attained "double digits." That milestone marks the transition that all children make from being an elementary "kid," to a middle school "tween." There's the loss of innocence that we mourn, but also a growing maturity that we applaud. My book celebrates the "magic" of that transition.
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Top customer reviews
Matthew is a lot like other boys: His home is bustling with activity, he plays with toys and goes on lots of adventures with his best friend. He has a little sister, a strong bond with his grandmother, and busy parents. He is a lot like other boys with two exceptions.
He has a secret magical gift. When something breaks, all he has to do is wish it fixed: toys, watches, a favorite pen, a flat tire. But no matter how hard he tries, his magic can't fix his best friend Lily's legs.
Matthew's best friend is a girl who needs a wheelchair to get around. But this doesn't stop the two pals from embarking on many adventures. Author and teacher Penelope Cole portrays Lily as a strong, spirited girl who shares both a love of adventure and helping people with Matthew. Although in the beginning of the story, Matthew tries to fix Lily's legs, the story does not emphasize her disability. Instead, it shows how Lily is just like other kids.
When Lily begins to suspect Matthew's ability, he becomes worried. Can he trust her with his secret?
When his magical abilities begin to change, Matthew discovers the value of teamwork to make things better for people. The story ends with a cute surprise that leads to the second book, Magical Mea.
Kevin Scott Collier's vivid illustrations will keep kids entertained. Young children will relate to this charming story. Magical Matthew is a great book that celebrates diversity, friendship, good citizenship, teamwork, and solving problems. It's a valuable addition to family and school libraries.
There are many lessons young children can learn from reading Magical Matthew, but two stand out.
First, you can use your talents to make a difference. The author has Matthew cleaning up litter left by others. What a great lesson for young children to learn.
The second is the value of true friendship. Matthew’s best friend is Lily. Lily is handicapped, but her disability does not stop Matthew from playing and being friends with her. In fact, they do just about everything together.
In a world where bullying has become the norm, it was very refreshing to see how Matthew interacts with Lily.
My favorite part of the book is when Lily finds out that Matthew has magical powers. Lily talks Matthew into using his powers to do many good deeds.
Lily nodded. “But you can do a lot. Remember how the beach was all trashy last year, and how long it took for the city to clean it? You could clean it instantly.”
The two friends talked a long time about the things he could fix, and things they could do together. They would be on the look out for things that needed to be painted, cleaned up, or repaired. Then Matthew would do something each day. It would be like a good deed of the day.
Kevin Collier’s artwork enhances the story. The detailed images are outstanding and help the reader connect with what is going on in the story.
Magical Matthew is a great book that teachers and parents can use to teach children about friendship, trust, and the joy of doing good deeds. Children from all cultures will enjoy this delightful book.
I also love grandma Nonie and Matthew's relationship with his best friend Lily.
I highly recommend this book for kids.
Award-winning children’s author, Penelope Anne Cole brings forth a . The imaginative illustrations by Kevin Collier make the story come alive before your eyes. Magical Matthew is a must have for homes with young children.