While Hogwarts wannabes await Harry Potter "XXVII", they can pass the time with The Book of Wizard Craft by Janice Eaton Kilby, Deborah Morgenthal and Terry Taylor, illus. by Lindy Burnett.
Narrated by a 600-year-old wizard, this collection of 50 crafts goes beyond glitter and tissue paper projects, to include sewing a wizard's robe, making crystal candy and learning to read tea leaves. Between projects, kids can read stories of Celtic Shape Shifters and of King Arthur.
It is enjoyable and fun and even adults can enjoy the "Witch-Crafts" that this book explains!
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I'm amazed that there are no wishes for this well made, well written, and well conceived book. I won't waste my time looking up any more books today from the 'free' book truck at the branch library that is made up of discards and things brought in by patrons (I left a couple of YA novels).
Recipes for kraken slime, smoking phoenix ashes. How to make a Toad Garden castle, a fairy circle, crystal candy, petrified tree cookies, the mirror of fantasy, a high speed chase broom, and a wizard's staff.
There are several informative essays on Celtic shape shifters, notable wizards, and the runic alphabet.