by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski
Reading Level 2.4
|Setting:||The very quiet town of Forty Winks|
|Characters:||Presto the Magician, the Mayor of Forty Winks, and dozens of rabbits|
|Plot:||Presto the Magician is a pretty good magician, but he wants to be a great magician, which leads to an overpopulation of rabbits.|
|Solution:||Presto reads a magic book and tries the [Rabbits by the Dozen] trick, which works a little too well, but he awakens the sleepy little town.|
|Summary:||Presto the Magician arrives in the sleepy little town of Forty Winks and puts on a magic show. The mayor thanks Presto for his [pretty good magic.] But Presto wants to do some really great magic, so he studies a new trick called [Rabbits by the Dozen.] The trick doesn't work immediately, but the next morning, there are rabbits everywhere in Forty Winks. The mayor is upset that the rabbits have brought chaos to his nice, quiet town. The people of Forty Winks, however, are not sleepy and quiet anymore. They laugh and have fun. So Presto decides to open a magic school, and then everyone can learn the tricks, have fun, and take home a rabbit to practice the rabbit and the hat trick.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Reading theme, hobbies, character education—determination|
Ask if anyone has seen a magician. What did the magician do? Ask if anyone has heard the saying [forty winks.] Explain the use of the phrase.
Show the students the picture in which the rabbits cause a traffic jam in Forty Winks. Ask what they think has happened in the quiet little town.
Have students do the following exercise: Picture yourself surrounded by dozens and dozens of rabbits hopping all over your yard. Would you be laughing, or would you be a little scared? What would you do?
Show the students where to find books on magic tricks in the library. Some students will undoubtedly get very interested in the topic.