Magickware\’s Pagan Book Reviews

August 15, 2008

New Book News

Filed under: Children's Book,Uncategorized — magickware @ 11:08 am
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Hi everybody. I know I’ve been scarce around here. I have a good reason, though!

I’m working on the art for my 4th picture book! The publisher has placed it on the web site for pre-orders. Check it out!

Rabbit’s Song by SJ Tucker & Trudy Herring

Magical Child Books – Rabbit’s Song

I am super excited! Well…back to the drafting table.



September 20, 2006

Book Of Doom (Diadem Worlds of Magic – Book 10)

Filed under: Book Reviews,Children's Book,Fiction — magickware @ 4:44 pm

Book of DoomBook Of Doom by John Peel; Llewellyn Worldwide

Book Ten of Diadem Worlds of Magic got off to a slow and rocky start. Since this was the first time I had read a book from this series, I was at a bit of a loss as to who the good guys and who the bad guys were. I guess the proceeding book left off at a cliffhanger or something, but I’d have to say honestly, if I hadn’t been reviewing this volume, I would have stopped at chapter one. Even the prologue did little to bring me up-to-date on the main characters.

I stuck with it though and by chapter four or five, the action started to pick up. Fans of this series will probably be very happy with the continuation of the storyline, but newcomers most likely will give up in frustration as personalities trade places in the past and present without warning.

In this installment, our heroes are fighting for their lives, against an evil machine-mind and their Arch Enemy, Nantor, who has escaped his prison from a jewel on the Diadem and taken over the body of Pixel. The other heroes are left to defeat the evil machine mind, capture Nantor and restore him into the jewel before the shredding of Magic destroys the universe.

Once the reader gets past the first few chapters, things start picking up in pace and interest. Fans of The Diadem Worlds of Magic series won’t be disappointed, but if you are new to them, get the previous books first or you’ll be lost as to who is who.

December 18, 2005

Children’s Reiki Handbook : A Guide to Energy Healing for Kids

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Children's Reiki BookChildren’s Reiki Handbook : A Guide to Energy Healing for Kids
By Pamela A. Yarborough, ND & Robert T. Yarborough
Andborough Publishing 2005

I picked up this book knowing little more about Reiki than the name. I knew that Reiki was some form of healing energy and that you used your hands but how and why it works were a mystery to me.

This slim book is an easy read and despite its limited number of pages (44) a very thorough introduction to the history and practice of Reiki. If your older child shows a leaning toward learning healing skills and knowledge you will both benefit from this handbook.

The book starts out with an explanation of the history of Reiki and what exactly it is. A further chapter describes the life energy associated with Reiki practice, where the charkas are and what area of the body they govern. There is a brief explanation of auras and the colors associated with certain personality types. The book then gets into the meat of its subject with instruction and photographs to bring the seeker into First Level Attunement.

Once the child has attained First Level the next section of the book shows with more photography and explanation how to use this new level of healing awareness to heal. The final chapters include meditations and the admonition to practice to become ready for attunement to higher Reiki Levels.

I found the book to be very basic. As an adult I still have questions about Reiki, but a child should get quite a lot out of this book when accompanied by the help of an attuned adult. I tried to get my own 11 year old to look at the book to give me her opinion of it, but she was not interested enough to do more than glance at the cover and ask what Reiki was. This being the case, I would strongly advise getting this book only for children who have already expressed an interest in learning Reiki. The information is presented in a textbook as opposed to anecdotal way and does require that there be a previous interest in the material.

April 18, 2005

Aisha’s Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year

Filed under: Book Reviews,Children's Book — magickware @ 4:29 pm

Aisha’s Moonlit WalkAisha’s Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year
By Anika Stafford, Skinner House Books

Common wisdom says that writing a good book is hard, but writing a good children’s book is brutal. Ms. Stafford took on a formidable challenge. I give her an A for effort. She starts with a good concept but her book is strikingly similar in format to the few Pagan-parenting books currently available.

The reader is taken through the Wheel of the Year starting at the Samhian ritual where we meet Aisha, her best friend Heather and their families. In each chapter a short story is followed by discussion questions about the story’s contents and then a selection of holiday related activities.
The book is advertised to be appropriate for the pre-school child but there are no images except for a small spot illustration at each chapter title. Because of this I have serious doubts whether the average 3 or 4 year old can relate to Aisha’s character. Aisha is at times portrayed as very young and at other times is engaged in activities of much older children. One wonders how much time the author spends with young children on a daily basis.

The initial chapters are somewhat slow, but stick with the book; later chapters become a bit livelier in nature. I found the book to be aimed at the “politically correct” audience. There are frequent references to alternate lifestyles being obvious in the story line but adding nothing to the book as a whole.

This book contains some interesting activities for the parent or educator of the Pagan child. If you are looking for an activity book to share with your child, this is a good choice. However, if you are looking for a storybook to occupy a young reader, skip this one for now. It is unfortunate that the current market has so few choices for our youngest Pagans.

June 18, 2004

The Sea Queen And The Shore Witch

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The Sea Queen and the Shore WitchThe Sea Queen And The Shore Witch
By Jamie Grandy; Illustrated by Gail M. Nelson (Abzu’s Fountain Press)In this illustrated book for the advanced reader, we meet 10-year-old Katia and follow her on her quest to save her mother from the angry Sea Queen. He mother has been taken by the Sea Queen and has forgotten whom she is, becoming part of the sea in the process.

Katia’s adventures from the time she finds out what has happened to her mother until the moment of truth that is revealed about the long standing feud between the Sea Queen and Katia’s fishing village are a delightful read.

The book will keep an older child interested from start to finish but the illustrations from the award-winning artist seem to be lacking. The book portrays witches in a non-judgmental light but the characters are still fictional and at times farfetched. Typical fairy tale characters grace the pages in this Pagan friendly tale.

The first selection from this new publisher is an outstanding effort. Unfortunately, the book still has some of the hallmarks of being a self-published offering by this writer/illustrator team. I am interested to see what else Abzu’s Fountain Press has in store for the younger Pagans.

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