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Harry Houdini

A Magical Life

by Elizabeth MacLeod

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published: Sep 2005
ISBN:9781553377702
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Harry Houdini is still the world's most famous magician --- thanks to his inventive tricks, death-defying stunts and incredible talent for publicity. He claimed he could escape from anything! The immigrant son of a rabbi, Harry overcame grueling poverty to become a one-man phenomenon, wowing audiences around the world.

Harry happily hung upside down from skyscrapers, leapt into rivers in chains and survived in an airless coffin --- but driving a car made him nervous. He also starred in six Hollywood movies, some still available on video. This biography in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces young readers to the multitalented, mysterious and contradictory man behind the tricks, escapes and dangerous feats.

About the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod

Biographies, picture books, cookbooks—Elizabeth MacLeod has written them all and more. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Nonfiction, as well as Children's Choice awards across Canada. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Awards
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
Editorial Reviews

[P]lenty of information to intrigue and even surprise readers.

— School Library Journal

[R]eaders interested in Houdini and magic will be entertained and enlightened.

— Booklist

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Harry Houdini: A Magical Life

Magic and mystery! Nothing intrigues a reader more. To find both attributes in a well-presented biographical collection is a sure-fire way to spur a youngster’s imagination.

Harry Houdini: A Magical Life by Elizabeth MacLeod who once again demonstrates her ability to narrate a fascinating life-story. She describes how “through determination, hard work and incredible talent, Harry changed the world of magic forever.”

MacLeod has incorporated actual photographs, play bills, press releases and news clippings to illustrate chapters of Harry’s life, from his birth as Ehrich Weisz, son of an immigrant rabbi, to the world renowned illusionist and escape artist. There is a useful two-page timeline that encapsulates his colourful life, with intriguing facts: his collection of more than 5,000 books and posters about magic is part of the American Library of Congress, and how his body was buried in the same coffin he’d brought along on his 1926 tour. MacLeod uses Harry’s own philosophy for success with children: “Never try to fool children. They expect nothing and therefore see everything.”

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

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Harry Houdini: A Magical Life (Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History)

Meet Harry Houdini, world-famous magician. Learn about the man behind the tricks, escapes and spectacularly dangerous feats. Readers will find photos and quotes inside.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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