I love the way the author writes this beautiful fantasy story while overall maintaining a plausible plot The fantasy isn t overdone The main characters are all so lovable I loved seeing the different view points and writing styles of the various characters and seeing them grow. Edward Eager s books were stories I loved as a child and having re read them as an adult I still quite enjoy them The stories and characters hold up to the test of time These books are clever and intriguing and the characters are very endearing. The five children are back for magic from their wishing well But this time the magic is including all sorts of unsuitable people in their adventures, and the children aren t sure if they can accept these new people encroaching on their magic business Can the school bully really be reformed by the magic, or does he deserve to be punished for his previous schoolyard crimes Will the children try to help an extremely annoying opera diva, or will they avoid her like the plague And what about the crazy witch lady from the local insane asylum Surely, the magic wouldn t expect them to make friends with a dangerous witch But somehow the magic pulls through, the children find the courage and resourcefulness to overcome every obstacle, and they spread some good magic around their neighborhood while still having fun They learn that anyone can become a friend if only you show them acceptance and kindness.The only thing that I didn t like about this book was the changing POV Each chapter is written by a different member of the Wishing Well group, and while I thought it was interesting to see how they each had their own voice and unique perspective, changing POVs is one of my pet peeves It IS well done in this book, but no matter how well written, it still grates on my nerves That s just me.Otherwise, this is a 5 star book The characters grow and make mistakes and have break through ideas The plot turns around in unexpected ways, and the writing is funny and bright Even rereading this for the 2nd time, I was engaged and entertained and loving it This is the sixth book in the Tales of Magic series by Edward Eager.interesting quotesPhysical violence never solved anything in the world, we all realizep 3Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names and plain truths and meanness can go much deeper and cut you to the quickpp 18 19The books tell all about knights and musketeers rescuing beautiful damsels But they never put in what Lancelot said to Elaine on the ride home Or D Artagnan to Milady de Winter, eitherp 190It s the way they look at things, as if anything could happen the next minute And generally something does If you want to call it believing in magic, okay, call it thatpp 214 215 new word doughty Just When The Children Thought The Magic In The Old Well Was All Played Out That Is, If It Was Magic And Had Sworn An Oath In Blood Not To Make Any Wishes Until The Well Gave Them A Sign, Gordy In A Reckless Moment Told It To Get Going With Its Magic, Or Else Something Certainly Did Begin To Happen Then, Whether It Was Magic Or Not, For A Strange, Witchlike Old Woman Came To The Children S Secret House In The Wood Soon After And Led Gordy Away The Most Unexpected Things Kept On Happening All Through That Eventful Autumn, Just The Sort Of Things An Unpredictable Wishing Well Might Involve Them In, From Reforming A Nearly Delinquent Juvenile At School, Keeping Apple Trees And Romance In Bloom, And Rescuing A Damsel In Distress, To Helping A New Family Settle In The Community This is one of Edward Eager s cheesiest books I know it s meant to be a deeper read not as magic, good deeds and such , but that makes it not as much fun The problems throughout the book are all solved much too quickly, with very little plot arc. Besides the first in the series, this one has been my favorite. This is the first Edgar Eager book I did not love The unfolding of the characters true natures through the eyes of their friends and themselves was actually fantastic It propelled the story forward It was the only thing that kept me reading I took particular issue with how one of the stories was handled.SPOILERSAbout midway through the book there is a great deal of hoopla in this little Connecticut town because an African American family is moving in A cohort of townspeople want to make it clear to the family that they are not welcome The kids telling the story want to create another and bigger group of people to welcome the family This would have made a reasonable story and a possibility for further discussion with my children.However, Eager didn t come out and say the family was African American He spends an entire chapter discussing this mysterious family that the Smugs, as Eager names them, don t want in their town He gives the reader no explanation of why I had my suspicions, but these were not confirmed until the end of the next chapter when the youngest child sees the father of the new family and proclaims, Oh Is that all it was Puhleeeease If you re going to write about race, even in the 1960s, you ve got to be a little obvious about it Being embarrassed or coy or smug which is the feeling I got does not help matters in the least.We had before this book read Because of Winn Dixie and Kate DiCamillo handles death, war, neglect, and sorrow and she looks em straight in the face, and, honestly, I could still read the book to a six year old The Well Wishers was a sorry follow up. This is the sequel to Magic or Not In this one, the magic wishing well is up to its old tricks The children make wishes, but they re not sure if it s really the well This book, oddly enough, is written in first person, from multiple perspectives of the children My favourite one was the Anonymous chapter that gives several clues as to the identity of the character Of course, it s easy to figure out who the character is The magic in these two books are not as prominent I do love the story about the new family moving in which caused within the community Eager doesn t ever say exactly what the problem is, but it becomes clear at least to an adult that this is a black family moving in The book was written in the 1960s I love how little Deborah puts it when she first meets the family Oh, that s what the fuss is all about And I love the friendship that develops between her and the little boy, Hannibal 3.5 Stars I have long loved Edward Eager s tales of magic and was delighted to find this first edition from the UK which in its former life was part of a library in Glasgow It s been a while since I ve read this one, enough to make it seem entirely new I think in the past, I might nt have liked it as much as the others because this one had very practical, everyday sorts of events that had nicely unexpected results It had a theme of being grateful for what one has and helping others, no matter how hopeless the cause You know, the magic in things around us It was comforting to me right now when I am wondering about what impact my life has had, if any, on those around me Maybe I can think I ve done some little magic somehow in my relationships with people at work, the students I ve gotten to know and my family I love them all and wish them all well That makes me a Well Wisher, I suppose.
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 He married Jane Eberly in 1938 and they had a son, Fritz Eager was a childhood fan of L Frank Baum s Oz series, and started writing children s books when he could not find stories he wanted to read to
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- The Well-Wishers
- Edward Eager
- 27 March 2019 Edward Eager