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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

In this book, Carey, Charles and Paul find prim Miss Price injured by falling off her broomstick. For their silence, she bespells a bedknob to carry them where-ever and when-ever. In Bonfires and Broomsticks two years later, they bring necromancer Emelius Jones to visit. But his neighbors want to burn him at the stake for disappearing in the Great Fire of London.

The book is very enjoyable, fast and fun to read. It is touchy and inspiring, however it might be a little difficult for children to understand. The themes of the book are Witchcraft, spells and magic; music and dancing; war; Nazi invasion; war evacuees.

The book has excellent messages as well. It can teach that it is worth pursu

ing your dreams no matter where they take you and that if you cooperate, you can defeat a common enemy. Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include coopera- tion, independence and honesty.

There are great positive role models in this book as well. They are strong minded and work independently. It is a sweet, fun musical, with colorful, memorable characters, and teaches young ones about evacuation, in a gentle, magical way. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very interesting and joyful. I would recommend this book for children above the age of 12 to read as the book has some mild coarse language as well as some racist and sexist remarks.

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