About The Magic Finger
“… The pointing finger gave the Gregg family 24 hours of being small birds. Their attempts to nest, feed and avoid getting shot are quite funny. So are the black and white illustrations of William Pene Dubois..”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The Magic Finger,” a children’s book both authored and adorned with illustrations by Roald Dahl, made its entrance into the literary world in 1966. This concise, whimsical narrative revolves around a young girl endowed with an extraordinary capability: when she becomes incensed, she merely points her finger, and enchantment ensues. The storyline follows her as she utilizes this magical finger to orchestrate a transformation of a family of avid hunters into the very creatures they relentlessly pursue: birds.
The girl’s magic finger is an outgrowth of her disdain for the family’s hunting practices. Each weekend, the father and his two sons embark on hunting excursions, returning with their trophies to adorn the living room. The girl, an advocate for animals and a vehement opponent of hunting, finds this display revolting and yearns for the hunters to endure the plight of being hunted themselves.
One fateful day, the girl’s magic finger takes control, reshaping the family into avian beings. Now forced to dwell in a tree, navigate the skies, and procure worms for sustenance, the family grapples with the perils of predation and the daily rigors of bird life. As they wrestle to adapt to their newfound existence, they gain insight into the girl’s perspective and the inherent cruelty of hunting. Eventually, as the enchantment subsides, the family is restored to their human forms, now harboring a renewed understanding of the animal kingdom and a determination to amend their ways.
“The Magic Finger” is a lighthearted yet thought-provoking fable that kindles compassion and benevolence toward the animal kingdom. This book proves an excellent choice for young readers and is bound to captivate individuals of all age brackets.
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