Children's Diane Stanley The GOOD LUCK PENCIL

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The GOOD LUCK PENCIL

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A magic pencil which Mary Ann discovers accidentally brings her more good luck than she can handle.

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Grade 2-3 An imaginative and entertaining story about Mary Ann, a school-age cherub, who discovers an ordinary pencil that exhibits extraordinary powers. Mary Ann agonizes over an assignment to write a composition about her seemingly dull, commonplace family. Good-luck pencil to the rescue, as out of its point flows a tale of the family about which Mary Ann has often fantasized. Subsequently, Mary Ann is transported to this world that her pencil has conceived. Here, she discovers that the incredible life which she envisioned is not what she expected. Scribbling out this composition, Mary Ann replaces it with one about the real world in which she dwells, for this world of love, security and serenity is quite extraordinary after all. Degen's colorful cartoon drawings in varying shades of red, yellow and brown accompany the text. The combination of reality and fantasy will satisfy children, as will the resolution of the conflict between the two. Joan Hamilton Bowman, Bucks County Free Library, Bensalem, Pa.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Mary Ann can't do anything wrongespecially after finding a good-luck pencil. She works all the math problems right and draws pictures that everyone admires. When her teacher assigns a homework composition, Mary Ann must find something interesting to write about her ordinary family, so she lets the good-luck pencil go to work. It writes that her mother is a world-famous ballerina, her father is an astronaut and Mary Ann a world champion piano player planning to climb Mt. Olympus in the summer. But then the composition becomes real. After practicing Mozart and Bach over and over, then doing hours of exhausting exercises, Mary Ann longs for a regular life again. She pulls out a different pencil and writes a less exciting but accurate composition, dispelling the unwanted illusion. The illustrations are lighthearted and will draw young readers into repeated readings.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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