Monday, January 7, 2013

NORA THE MIND READER by Orit Gidal, illustrated by Aya Gordon-Noy

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8

Nora comes home from Kindergarten and tells her mother that a boy in her class had called her "flamingo legs." Although she wasn't quite sure what it meant she knew it was an insult.  Mommy gives her a big hug and then gives her something special - a magic wand!  When Nora looked through the wand (that has an amazing resemblance to a bubble wand) she could see what people were thinking as well as hear what they were saying.  And it was the oddest thing . . . . they weren't always the same!  The little boy who is saying, "I'm hungry," is really thinking, "I want some chocolate."  The child who says, "I don't feel like playing," is feeling insecure, thinking, "I don't feel like losing."  Looking through the wand, Nora begins to understand that people don't always say what they think or mean what they say, and being insulted doesn't make any sense. So she decides to do something about it.  The next day she goes to school and tells the boy who called her flamingo legs how nice his smile is and invites him to her house to play . . . . and he agrees!  Nora gives Mommy her magic wand and tells her she now knows how to make magic without it.

Nora the Mind Reader will help children understand the confusing idea that people don't always say what they mean, often because they are insecure.  The simple illustrations, done in crayon on a cream background, create a friendly ambiance in which to explore this paradox of human nature.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Nora the Mind Reader can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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