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Magic Finger [Hardcover]

Roald Dahl
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Language:Chinese.HardCover. Pub Date: 2010-9-1 Pages: 56 Publisher: Penguin Gregg couple a love of hunting. every Saturday morning. they will take their guns into the woods to fight beasts and birds. This can be furious neighbors one-year-old little girl. This little girl has an extraordinary innate ability. whenever she was furious. her fingers out of magic can be applied to! Magic too interesting matter. it allows the hunter to hunt those being completely lost stature ......

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of thoughts about this little book... Feb. 14 2002
Format:Paperback
This book has a lot going for it, but I wouldn't recommend it for every child.
A very positive point for this book, is that it's written at about a second-grade level. Equivalent to the "Step 2" or "Level 2" books. It's actually got quite a story, but it's written easily enough for beginning readers to enjoy, which is really great and sometimes hard to find.
I thought the illustrations were wonderful and whimsical.
The story itself might be a little tough for an already extremely empathetic child to read. Since it depicts the feelings of ducks who are being hunted, this might be a sensitive issue for some. Introduce this book to the child of a hunting family, or even just a family of typical meat-eaters and you might find yourself with an angry little vegetarian on your hands! (Especially interesting, when contrasted against Dahl's "Danny, The Champion of the World" - a hunter's hero!)
My children enjoyed this story (and still eat their burgers), but I think for some children, it might raise some ethical problems. Which isn't always a bad thing, of course! But parents beware! This story might lead to a domestic revolt.
Of course, any family of vegetarians won't have a problem with this story at all. And, as another reviewer mentioned, this book can certainly offer some good "empathy" discussions with children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunter vs. Duck Sept. 25 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"The Magic Finger" is about a nameless 8-year-old girl who lives next door to the Greggs and can't stand their thoughtless hunting. So, when the two boys and their father return home with a young deer one day, she puts the Magic Finger on the entire family. The Magic Finger is like the evil eye, except the results from her spell are much more amusing.
The curse doesn't occur immediately. The Greggs still have enough time to go out again that day and shoot some ducks. After their hunt, they go home with their twenty birds--sixteen are dead, but four continue to follow them home in the air. Although the Greggs try to shoot these four pests, they can never manage to hit them.
When the family is getting ready for bed that night, something outrageous begins to happen--they're turning into birds. Furthermore, the four ducks who had followed them home have grown as large as humans with arms instead of wings. In the sudden turn of events, the Greggs lose their house to the wild ducks and must survive on their own by building a nest for shelter, searching for edible food, and avoiding predators--especially ones with guns.
The Magic Finger is a wonderful book for 8 to 12-years-old and is short enough (approximately 64 pages with plenty of illustrations) to keep anyone's attention. I really liked the moral of the story, probably since I am a vegan and against hunting. The book isn't preachy, but there's certainly something to learn when the roles of human and animal are reversed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunters Become the Hunted April 8 2001
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book is about empathy and fairness. An 8 year-old girl is annoyed when she sees people causing hurt. She zaps her teacher for telling the girl she is stupid when she misspells cat (kat). The teacher starts to turn into a feline-like creature with whiskers and a tail. The girl also "can't stand hunting." Annoyed by the Greggs who hunt for deer and ducks, suddenly the Greggs find themselves changing places, roles, and body features with a duck family. The Greggs quickly decide they don't like being prey very much. Most young people will relate well to this book during their period when they think carefully through the implications of eating meat. The book contains many black-and-white pen and pencil sketches by Quentin Blake to illustrate the key shifts taking place.
I thought that the story and the illustrations just didn't quite pull off the theme. It's clearly bad to hurt people's feelings and to hunt, as this story evolves. But what about having a hamburger? The book needs to broaden its message in order to make it clear what is being condemned. I wasn't sure where the book intended to draw limits on what people can do to animals. The illustrations sometimes look like scribbles done by someone in the back of a car that was hitting potholes. I suspect that the intent was to mimic a child's style. I would have preferred choosing a better child artist as a model, if that is the case. The beneficial changes occur because the girl has a magic finger. Well, I didn't have one when I was 8. What should an 8 year-old really do?
When you and your child read this book together, I suggest that you plan to spend some time describing or developing a moral system that makes sense to both of you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Finger June 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The magic finger is the thought provoking story of a little girl who could cast a curse on anyone she was angry with. The one thing that made her maddest of all was shooting animals just for the fun of it. And so when the Gregg family on the next farm went out shooting ducks, she turned their arms to wings and the ducks wings to arms. It was only after a tremendous ordeal, including being shot at by the ducks that the Greggs promised never to shoot another animal as long as they live. They even changed their names to the Egg family to remind them of their promise. The story is told from the perspective of a small eight year old girl, with magic finger, and uses the grammar, and turn of phrase that such a little girl might use, particularly near the beginning. The story therefore alternates between the first and third person, although for the bulk of the text it is indistinguishable from a standard narrative. This book has a strong underlying theme considering it's young audience, first solo reading. I would describe it as the seven year old's version of a political novel such as 1984. The theme, being animal rights, is obviously more accessible and understandable to a younger mind, but it is dealt with in an imaginative and thought provoking way. The argument which the author uses is one of empathy, basically running along the lines of "how would you like it if you were a fox, and someone started shooting at you?!" By reversing the roles of the ducks and humans, he makes the reader see the day to day life of a bird as far more taxing than they might otherwise have done, and forces them to view the ducks as more than just things. This is woven into a common childhood fantasy of having magic powers, to be used against those who are being unjust. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master Storyteller!
Roald Dahl knows how children think. He knows that children's fantasies are often playfully violent, and he taps into those fantasies to create this other world where anything can... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Luis M. Luque
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst R.D book I've ever read!
This book is bad
rEALLY SHORT AND BORING
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i HATE THIS BOOK
Published on Oct. 17 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars the magic finger
The girl in this book has a magic fingershe had it all her life. she uses it when she is angry to teach the people that she is angry at a lesson. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book
This is a story about a girl with magic powers and a family that hunts. I liked the illustrations because they were funny. I would have given it five stars if it was longer.
Published on Feb. 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars the magic bible (kind of)
Kids!!... Read this fun and easy book!!! It's about a little girl (she has no name). Her neighbors, the Greggs, love to go hunting. But she hates it. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars a book about real magic
...>Do you believe in magic? Well, if you read The Magic Finger you will! "The Magic Finger" is about a girl who has a finger that is magic. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you want a magic finger ?
Although this story is short, but it is interesting and attractive enough.

This story is about a girl who felt angry with the Gregg family - who liked hunting very much. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2001 by Hathor
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious lesson, but with humor
This story is long enough to amuse an adult ,short enough to catch the attention span of 7-9 years old. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by D
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The book is based on a magic finger this girl has. She has these neighbors. The girls neighbors like to hunt. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super
This book was SO funny! It gives people an idea of why hunting is stupid! The Gregg family is always shooting ducks and their neighbor finally gets so fed up with them she uses her... Read more
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