The One With What I Read • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

A narrative from the girl who is highly against the act of hunting acts upon her emotions, through as she calls it her magical finger. Dahl brings a social issue into the life of a child in this humorous adventure. The main character and narrator, a highly opinionated eight- year old girl and the antagonists’ two neighborhood brothers. Supporting characters; Mr. & Mrs. Gregg’s and the ducks. The theme is the rights of people to own guns and make game out of shooting innocent animals.

Although this story is placed in a neighborhood similar to those of us reading, the girl is in possession of a magical finger that creates havoc among those who in her eyes, deserve a lesson.

I rate this book a three out of five stars. I am not enthusiastic of the overall plot against hunting. I am sure there are many families that disagree with such ideas. This would be a good book to place in a classroom library to be available to kids who wish to read a new idea, but I would do so with caution in our neighborhoods!

In a classroom setting I believe a think aloud while reading the book to students to assist them with the overall comprehension of the story as the pictures in the book are black and white and difficult to see across a classroom. I think this will also assist children in their thinking in regards to the social issue of guns and hunting.

With older children I would use an anticipation guide, pulling background information about hunting and guns; as well as, their opinion of their own or their family in regards to these topics. Once the book has been read, I would check back with their ideas and see if anyone had some different views.

Until next time …

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