Written in 1954, this somewhat forgotton children's fantasy classic still delights young and old. Summer fun had just begun to slow down when Jane finds a silver coin and suddenly gets half of each wish granted. Besides having half things (half armor, a cat who half way talks) the children have to cope with Morgan Le Fay.
This book is a great display of what can take place when mischevious magic is mixed with impetuosity. Wishing becomes both a bane and the pinnacle of fulfillment when a group of kinds happen to find an enchanted coin. It loses its power with each use, but in the end, do any of them want to recharge it?
This story was first published in 1954, but was still appreciated by my children. When four children find a mysterious coin, they soon learn that it is magic. Or... half-magic. Through their adventures they have to figure out just how to "double" a wish in order to get the results they desire.
It all begins with a strnage coin on a sun warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does, her wish is granted. Or not quite, only half of her wish comes true. It turns out the coin grants wishes, but only by half so that you must wish for twice as much as you want. Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Or to be half-again twice not here? And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much that is has to be perfect?
This audio book is a fun family listening book. It centers around the adventures of a real-world family who must deal with a token that offers them half of whatever they wish for. The characters are well-drawn up. It includes numerous references to the works of E. Nesbit and has a few tongue-in-cheeks moments. The kids loved it and I enjoyed listening with them. The narrator is good but not incredible.
Half Magic, is about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: half invisible, half rescued, half everything! Half Magic is never too cute, and with just enough emotion to complement the magic, this classic is sure to hold a special place in any child's library. If you love Half Magic, You'll love its sequels--Knight's Castle, The Time Garden, and Magic by the Lake.
Half Magic is a wonderful children's series, that is just down right fun! Any age can read this series.
It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does: Her wish is granted. Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true.