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Waiting for the Magic
by Patricia MacLachlan
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
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Papa never allowed his kids to have a dog, but after Papa leaves home looking for the magic necessary to enable him to write great poetry, Mama loads the two kids into the car and heads for the animal shelter, intent on replacing her "flawed" husband with a dog. They come home with magic: four dogs and one cat (requested by 4-year-old Elinor) who indeed fill the vacuum left by Papa.

The story is told by William, their 5th grade son, who has seen Papa pull this vanishing act before. Although he has always returned, William isn't buying his excuses this time. He is sure that Papa will not return, so he stops listening for the phone to ring and for the door to open. He enjoys the dogs who seem to understand their role perfectly. They are protectors and entertainers. He watches Elinor talk to them and listen to them. It isn't long before William can hear them, too.

When Mama gets sick, Lula the cat shares her diagnosis to the dogs. What is wrong? Should Mama tell Papa? Neo, the biggest dog thinks so and shares his sage advice with William who passes it along to Mama.

What will happen when Papa finally comes home? Can any explanation he gives be apology enough? Should William ever forgive him? Has Papa really changed? Will he leave again?

An easy read in only 138 pages, Waiting for the Magic is an endearing realistic fantasy, one too familiar to many families in the United States today... children being raised in one-parent families because Papa has gone away looking for magic when the real magic is in the home he left. Too few papas ever realize that, but in Waiting for the Magic, Papa discovers it in the dogs that initiate the magic. He realizes that the dogs’ eight eyes became HIM while he was away. They watched over the family. They protected them, and when he came home, they were a beacon that reminded him who he was.

... perhaps if more young boys have four dogs from a shelter in their homes (not locked in cages or isolated in the back yard) to work magic on them, they will become fathers who never leave home.

Waiting for the Magic combines the unlikely genres of realism and fantasy to produce an entertaining look at a family in turmoil. Appealing charcoal pencil illustrations by Amy June Bates add to the smiles while Elinor's hysterical one-liners, the dog's antics, cute grandparents, and an eccentric friend all add to the fun, A double-surprise ending tops off this story with a two-cherry cheer!

The Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic skills, teambuilding, and guarantees thoughtful social and exciting academic growth for every classroom. It is an essential part of every home and school library. You will want this Kids Wings literature guide PLUS a class set of this terrific novel!

Research Links for
Waiting for the Magic

Author Patricia MacLachlan

Focus on the Family
Fathers, Stay Close to Your Child

Why Dads Should Read to their Kids
Fatherhood: How to Play a Game and Bond

Fathers' Day Crafts

Holly Dunn's Daddy's Hands
George Strait's A Father's Love

The Elephant Song

A Daddy Joke

So, God Made a Dog
Dogs Playing by Themselves

The National Center for Fathering

Quotes to memorize:

Train up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. ~ Bible, Proverbs 22:6

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty as the son who neglects them. ~ Confucius

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~ Clarence Budington Kelland

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development. ~ David Gottesman

Noble fathers have noble children. ~ Euripides

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys. ~ Unknown

It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~ William Shakespeare

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You can purchase the 38-page literature guide PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-type game for Waiting for the Magic for immediate download for only $16.95!
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A 38-page Kids Wings Literature Guide includes a interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your electronic board for Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan is now available!

The Lesson Planning Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
2-Page Readers Theater Introduction
Anticipation Guide
Family Rules
Ballads Using Summarizing Skills
Chapters 1-2: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Crossword Puzzle
Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 1 and 2
Chapters 3-5: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story
Use the Clues: Inferencing Evaluation Chapters 3-5
Chapters 6-8: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 6-8
Chapters 9-11: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Talk About the Problem, a Discussion Guide
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story, Chapters 9-11
Discussing Dogs and Papa, Short Answers, Chapters 9-11
Chapters 12-14: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Chapter 12: What's an Analogy?
Multiple Choice Comprehension, Chapters 12-14
Chapters 15-17: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story, Chapters 15-17
Words to Pictures, Chapters 15-17
Chapters 18-20: Vocabulary, Prediction Chapter Questions, Quick Write
Logic Puzzle: Lula's Outfits
Writing: Changing Points of View
Comparing and Contrasting Books
Writing: Editing a Letter
My Letter to an Author
Answers
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An Interactive Jeopardy-type game




 

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