Magic Box by Katie Cleminson. Disney Hyperion (June 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9781423121091
Eva receives a very special box for her birthday. When she jumps into the box she turns into a master magician and, with the flick of her wand, throws a huge party with all sorts of wondrous guests and activities. The illustrations by Cleminson are magical in their own way -- the book starts out with muted grays and blacks and then, as the magic begins, bright splotches of color appear all over the pages. The book makes a great birthday present and shows the power of imagination.
The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Harcourt (April 2002); 32 pages; ISBN 9780152010256
A fabulous, magical blue hat appears one day and spins through the air, landing on the unsuspecting heads of various people in a town. The hat magically transforms each individual into an animal until a large wizard appears and performs his own special magic. The kids love rocking back and forth repeating the rhyming, rollicking refrain, "Oh, the magic hat, the magic hat! It moved like this, it moved like that!" The fantastical, fun text is paired with whimsical watercolor illustrations by the amazing Tricia Tusa. If you've never witnessed her artistic magic, you must!
Here's a perfect coloring page by Crayola that captures today's theme, stating, "Imagination is Magical!"
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