The Magic Mirror by Anna Staniszewski - Early Chapter Book
Pick a book. Grow a reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
The Enchanted Kingdom is in a heat wave until the Ice Princess uses her magic mirror to make winter come; no wonder Kara and Zed are too hot. But the magic mirror is broken! And no one else wants to help the princess. Can Kara and Zed find out how to fix the mirror and bring back winter? Or will it be summer forever? Macky Pamintuan's illustrations are on every page, welcoming readers into the adorably silly world of the 'Once upon a Fairy Tale' series.
Children are going to love the Once Upon A Fairy Tale Series if the series is anything like this book. The Magic Mirror is the perfect Chapter Book for new Chapter Readers because there are wonderful sketch illustrations to break up the story which is about friends Zed (Royal Messenger) and Kara who set out on an adventure to help the the Ice Princess after reading one of the scrolls in his messenger pack. You see the there is a terrible heat wave that melted the wax seal on a letter from the Ice Princess to he Prince. Her Magic Mirror is broken and without it she cannot bring on winter. She tells the kids that her sister smashed her mirror. When the kids head over to the Sun Princess' castle they find out that a Snow Monkey named Clyde that was given to the sisters by their parents and was to be shared is spending more time with the Ice Princess. Basically these sisters are jealous of each other and blame the other! The kids use their sleuthing skills to figure out why the girls are angry, how the mirror broke and eventually bring peace to the Enchanted Kingdom so that the seasons continue to change and all is well.
This is a wonderful story. Morals, communication and meeting each other half way so everyone is happy are the morals of this story for me.
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