The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Sally Grindley

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Grindley, Sally. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Illustrated by Thomas Taylor. New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, c2002.

The sorcerer has to leave and trusts his apprentice while he is gone. The apprentice decides to show the sorcerer that he could do magic. This story immediately introduces the characters and shows the connection between the two of them. The text has no particular pattern with placement. On one page the text is placed on a book page; on another there is different chunks of text on the same page; and on another the text along with the illustrations have borders that separate four paragraphs. The words are easy to understand and the story itself will push participation. The illustrations are so precise. Everything is proportionate to one another. Although it has a cartoonish feel to it, there is an amazing amount of realistic detail. The majority of the book has double page spreads with the illustration stretching over two pages. The use of magic is seen throughout the story in both the texts and illustrations. The illustrations tell more to the story than the text do. The story gives listeners the chance to participate with the reader. The story shows the listener that when you think you can do something it is not always true. This lesson is important for a child to experience themselves, but it also helps them when they see it from other people as well as through the books.

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