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  • ISBN 015233078X
  • ISBN13 978-0152330781
  • Language English
  • Author Edward Eager
  • Publisher Harcourt Childrens Books (J); First Edition edition (June 1954)
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  • Category Children
  • Subcategory Classics
  • Size ePub 1890 kb
  • Size Fb2 1396 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 645

A fantasy in the E. Nesbit tradition, in which an ancient coin turns a dull summer into a series of magical adventures for four children. Line drawings.

Half magic/by Edward Eager; illustrated by N. M. Bodecker. p. cm. "An Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic. Sequel: Magic by the lake.

Half magic/by Edward Eager; illustrated by N. Summary: Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and. Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures. after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

Since Half Magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, Edward Eager’s tales of magic have become beloved classics. The original lively illustrations by N. Bodecker have been retained.

Edward McMaken Eager (June 20, 1911 – October 23, 1964) was an American lyricist, dramatist, and writer of children's fiction. Most of the Magic series is contemporary low fantasy. Eager was born in and grew up in Toledo, Ohio and attended Harvard University class of 1935. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he lived for 14 years before moving to Connecticut.

A moment later, there was the book, sitting on the table between them! It was called Half Magic, and the author was a Mr. Edward Eager. Mark picked it up and opened it. "Oh look!" he said wonderingly.

By N. Bodecker, Edward Eager. Ordinary kids Jane, Katharine, Mark, and Martha love reading fantastic stories, but after finishing a long-awaited E. Nesbit book that's just come in at the library, they can't help but sigh. Why don't things like that ever happen to us?" asks Martha. Soon enough, something does. Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

Edward Eager (1911–1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling Half Magic, published in 1954. Half Magic Tales of Magic (Том 1).

Half Magic Edward Eager. A book written by Edward about four children who discovered a magic talisman that grants every wish they make in halves.

Edward Eager died of lung cancer on the 23rd of October in 1964 at the age of 53. He left behind a rich and popular collection of children’s works of which Half Magic is arguably most read and beloved by generations of readers. N. Bodecker: Illustrator of Half Magic. Niels Mogens Bodecker served at the illustrator for all seven of Edward Eager’s magic novels. His pen and ink line illustrations completely captured the sense of whimsy and humor in Eager’s writing. Bodecker was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1922.

Half Magic by Edward Eager (Oxford, £. 9). Wishing is a tricky business

Half Magic by Edward Eager (Oxford, £. Wishing is a tricky business. The hazards of lowering a bucket into the well of desire are well-established, and Edward Eager's Half Magic added to the perils in his 1954 story of a magic charm that only grants half wishes. Anyone who wishes in haste is likely to get less than they bargained for. We're in middle America during a long hot summer. Four children are left to their own devices - their father is dead, their mother drudges on a local paper.

Talk about Half Magic

I loved this book as a child. It was the first long chapter-book I remember reading. Recently, I ordered it for one of my grandsons, 8 years old, and decided to re-read it. There is a timeless quality to the story, especially for a person who grew up in a family of four children, 3 girls and a boy. I was like Jane, the oldest. After reading the book, I re-read it at least twice more. I always kept my eyes on the sidewalk, just in case an ancient talisman might be shining in the sun. There is still magic in this book 50+ years after I first read it.
This book is absolutely fantastic. It's the story of four children who find a magic coin at the beginning of their summer vacation... except the coin only grants half of each wish, leading to a string of adventures that will make you feel like you're a kid on summer vacation with your three siblings, a slightly grumpy cat, and a magic coin.
I read this book with my kids, my ten year old son and 8 year old daughter. It's a very fun and easy read with adventure, magic, and humor. The heroes are 4 siblings, 3 girls and a boy, which helps to connect with boys and girls. My kids absolutely loved it, they would give it 5 stars. I personally would give it 3 or 3.5, hence the rating of 4. It was certainly a fine book and fun to read, I just didn't find it quite as clever and special as other books we've read such as The Witches by Roald Dahl.

A warning to parents who are offended by violence. There is a scene in which 2 knights bascially butcher each other to death (only to be quickly reassembled by magic minutes later). It's a relatively bloodless scene given what actually happens, and I personally am not bothered by this sort of stuff in kids books nor are my kids. For example there is some gruesome and macabre action in The Witches. But it is worth noting and if you're bothered by that you may want to skip it or avoid the book. You could skip it - it comes soon after they meet Sir Launcelot - without missing the flow of the story.

Note to publisher....the kindle for iPad version we read had quite a few typos in it...far more than I've ever seen in any format. There were sections we had to reread several times to decipher.
Like many other adult reviewers of this book, I loved it as a kid. Edward Eager consciously emulated the English author E. Nesbit. In fact, early on in this book he pays homage to Nesbit by having the children check out of the local library "books by a writer named E. Nesbit, surely the most wonderful books in the world." Nesbit wrote in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and "Half Magic" was published in 1954, but set in the 1920s. So, Eager was intentionally harking back to an earlier, and simpler, time. The book is well done and has the a good mix of humor, adventure, and action that should attract pre-teen readers. At least, I would like to think so, but I wonder whether even 8 or 9 year olds might find these books a bit creaky. I didn't think to give them to my children when they were younger (they are in their late teens now), so I have no direct knowledge of whether current day children would enjoy them enough to put aside computer games and cable television.
So this is what Dr. Eager did in his spare time. If Half Magic is indicative of his bedside manner, he must have been a very good doctor indeed. For this is one of those sleepy time read-in-bed books like the Chronicles of Narnia, that gently draw you into their fantastic world at that drowsy time when good things seem so much more possible and you're about to drift off into the Land of Nod.
Half Magic is written in that wonderful, light, easy 'fifties style that gets so easily overlooked in favor of more extreme excitements. Later discovered, though, one simply wonders how writing could have ever been this good. A wonderfully understated example is shown in the genial attitude of the good samaritan stranger who helps out the young adventurers. He's first respectful of their mother,then falls more and more in love as the book goes on. This undercurrent is so subdued and tasteful that it's barely noticeable amid the magical misadventures until the conclusion of the book.
The Leave it to Beaver approach to problem solving is also delighfully refreshing--the spells only half work; unlike the obvious fantasy formulae in countless later books and movies, the magic leaves plenty of room for human ingenuity and skill,as well as the need to make decisions. Eager's other great fantasy, Knight's Castle, also continues in this vein, the hyjinks and hilarity deriving from,and always affirming,the human.
I first read Half Magic when I was about seven years old. It was the first book I read "all by myself" and I was thunderstruck. It's a wonderfully literary and literate story of four siblings who find a magic charm that works by halves. (If, for example, you wish to be on a desert island, you might end up in the desert.) They have to figure out the "rules" as they go along, and they learn lessons along the way. The author, Edward Eager, is obviously a big fan of E. Nesbit, and acknowledges his debt to her in this and other books. Mr. Eager never "talks down" to his young readers, and I think this allows the book to stand up well for those of us who re-read it as adults. I would certainly recommend this for childen who are ready to "really read" and the adults willing to let them.
I must also say that I love the illustrations, too, and I much prefer the cover of the hardback edition to that of the paperback.
How often you you start a sentence with “I wish…” and never even realize it? When four child find an ancient amulet that grants wishes – by halves – they soon discover just how often they make silly wishes. Over the course of a week, they get into lots of fun, and sometimes scary, adventures.

Half Magic by Edward Eager is a very cute and fun to read book. It makes an excellent read aloud. A totally enjoyable book for kids and adults alike.
This book is from my childhood, and looks just like the old library copy I always borrowed. I love it.