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 Spotlight for Harry
 Author: Kimmel, Eric A.

 Illustrator: Madsen, Jim

 Publisher:  Random House
 Pub Year: 2009

 Dewey: 793.8092
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: 104 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 518273 ISBN: 9780375858697
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Subjects:
 Houdini, Harry, -- 1874-1926
 Magicians
 Escape artists

Price: $17.21

Summary:
The story of young Harry Houdini, the world's greatest escape artist!

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 133404
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 48757

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 1 → Reading → CCR - College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards
   Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 2 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 2.RF Fluency
   Grade 3 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 3.RF Fluency

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/09)
   School Library Journal (01/01/10)
   Booklist (09/01/09)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2009 Kimmel’s latest Stepping Stone title (A Horn for Louis, 2006, and A Picture for Marc, 2008) presents a childhood episode from the life of magician and escape artist Ehrich Weiss, aka Harry Houdini. Kimmel describes the Weiss family’s visit to the circus, where a performer walks on a tightrope and hangs from a rope using only his teeth. Harry and his younger brother try to re-create these feats, resulting in falls, bruises, and the loss of Harry’s two front teeth. Kimmel, who does not identify Ehrich as Houdini until the final pages, builds up to this reveal with much foreshadowing, emphasizing Weiss’ fascination with locks, his willingness to practice a skill, and his appreciation for the secrets behind great illusions. Madsen’s pencil sketches (not viewed in final form) portray key events in the story and help to break up the text for emergent readers. More inspirational than informational, this should spark interest in more factual titles, including Elizabeth MacLeod’s Harry Houdini: A Magical Life (2005). - Copyright 2009 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2010 Gr 2–4— Harry Houdini's life was interesting and full of examples of persistence and dedication to his craft. Unfortunately, not many of them are represented in this brief chapter book. In this story, Ehrich Weiss, the son of a rabbi, attends a small circus and is inspired by the tightrope act. He goes home eager to try it for himself and soon learns the secret. Then he tries another stunt with disastrous results. He loses his front teeth, but learns an important lesson. The book contains a few true facts about Weiss's childhood and mentions his early interest in locks and performing. The writing, though fluent, is a little didactic. Children will see through the thinly veiled preaching about being polite, persistent, and careful. Black-and-white drawings, some full page, appear throughout. A better fictionalized account of Houdini's life is Kathryn Kilby Borland and Helen Ross Speicher's Harry Houdini: Young Magician (Aladdin, 1991). In it, the lessons arise from the story rather than being superimposed on it. It also gives much more factual information about Houdini's life.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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