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Harry Houdini

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by John Mantha

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performing arts, fantasy & magic, beginner
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published: Aug 2009
ISBN:9781554532988
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Meet Harry Houdini - the most famous magician of all time. Harry performed many daring and astounding tricks still talked about today, including dangerous underwater escapes. Harry started his life in poverty but as a child got his own trapeze and performed for the neighborhood kids, calling himself “Prince of the Air.” He went on to become one of the most famous people in the world, performing in front of huge crowds and making six movies. With level-appropriate language and detailed illustrations, this level 3 first reader tells the story of Harry Houdini's magic.

About the Authors

Elizabeth MacLeod

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John Mantha has illustrated 14 previous books, including The Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, which was nominated for a B.C. Book Prize. He lives in Toronto.

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Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3

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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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