Magic in Us
written by Natalie Tinti
My Rating: unable to rate
This book was written by Natalie Tinti, who was 10 years old at the time. I can not assign a rating to this book for a few reasons. Let me explain.
There were some things I really liked about Magic in Us, including:
- before the story begins, each character is introduced by providing an illustration and information about each, including their age, family information, favourite food and colour, as well as each character’s “specialty”
- I adored the creativity of Dogon (a dog), whose favourite food is listed as being cat food
- the first chapter, in which Dogon delivers a letter to each of the four girls, is by far the strongest chapter
- each character was unique and special in their own way, their differences were what made them special, an excellent lesson (or reminder) for readers of all ages
What really stood out for me and what I loved the most about Magic in Us, were the illustrations. They are bright, vivid, creative and amazingly detailed. Natalie Tinti is a very talented artist and her illustrations added a lot to the book.
However, if I was to consider the story itself and only the story… I would have to rate this book very low. The story started out strong but quickly the creative magic I found in the first two chapters… faded. Overall, the plot was incredibly weak.
I would not purchase this book for a child to read because of its story line… I would purchase this book for a child to read because the 10-year-old author and illustrator encourages and inspires children to write and illustrate their own stories. In addition, the author explains to readers the many wonderful things that writing can bring including: improved spelling, enhanced reading skills, widened vocabulary and increased confidence. Natalie invites other children to participate in her next project. She is creating a collection of short stories entitled From the Heart: A Children’s Series Designed to Inspire: Written By Children For Children. She is encouraging other children to write and publish their own story, just like she did. She is providing them an opportunity to submit their work, with the possibility of publication.
If you know a child who is interested in writing – this book is a perfect way to inspire and give them the confidence to do just that. I have no doubt, that this book will get children writing and illustrating their own stories and if I was to rate Magic in Us, for that reason – I would award it 5+ stars.
Natalie’s heart is in the right place. I have no doubt the world will continue to see wonderful things created by her and I hope that her ability to inspire her peers, will continue for a lifetime. The world needs more people, just like her.
Who is Natalie Tinti?
At age thirteen Natalie Tinti is a multi-award winning author, illustrator, of 12 children’s books and an inspirational public speaker who promotes varied uplifting messages for her peers as well as their parents. Despite this early success as an artist Natalie was recommended to repeat Kindergarten as her teacher thought she didn’t have adequate language function and memory recall. However, this apparent set back would later serve as a valuable growth experience in her social awareness and desire to help her classmates. Natalie’s books gave her a platform for speaking at various venues where she promoted the empowerment of children to include: the value of social skills for overall happiness and as a tool in dealing with bullies, appreciating one’s unique talents and personality to bolster self-confidence, and challenging children of all ages to build friendships by having the courage to include others.
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