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The Magic Finger is a clever and creative novel by Roald Dahl. True to the Roald Dahl style, it is quirky, funny, and absolutely absurd. Students will be left thinking of all the things they might do if they too, had the Magic Finger! It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

 

 

 

Roald Dahl is the expert at writing fantastical stories that grab the reader’s attention in a clever and creative way. The Magic Finger, published in 1966, will have you cheering and rooting for the underdog.

From the Book Jacket:

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she’s very, very angry, the little girl’s Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it’s turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that’s just the beginning of their problems…

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Magic Finger for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Finger with stars and magic emotting with The magic Finger title that is compatible with Google Drive

Your students will love this creative and humorous book while at the same time thinking about just how much power is too much. It’s a good lesson in self-control and when to use power for the greater good instead of just for selfish reasons.



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