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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Mason Garcia’s world is turned upside down when his father is transferred from the beautiful seaside of San Diego, California to the relative countryside in Illinois in Little Worlds of Magic by Mary T. Kincaid. Since Mason’s main interest is surfing and hanging out with friends at the beach, this move will mean not only finding new friends but different activities that he can enjoy as much as he used to enjoy surfing.
Things get a little complicated for Mason, though, when he discovers he can see little people – really little people - who live in unlikely places like walnut shells, rose bushes, dust bunnies, and behind tangled electronics wires. His parents and teacher are concerned about Mason not making the adjustment to the new school and town so he begins talking to a psychologist. Is it an overactive imagination or does Mason really have a problem? There is also the complication that the Punwees may have to leave their homes since they have been spotted and the other children are now interested in finding them. Mason has a big responsibility now to protect his new little friends while he continues to develop relationships with the kids around him.
Mary T. Kincaid has crafted a wonderful, imaginative story that addresses an issue common to many children – the feeling of not fitting in. Little Worlds of Magic is relatively easy to read. This is truly a delightful story that may be best read aloud to a class or an individual so that discussions and questions can be addressed if needed. Independent readers can definitely enjoy the action and Mason’s relationship with his ‘feline brother,’ Frisbee, as well as understand the dynamics of different types of kids in a class. It is certainly worth reading just for its wonderful use of imagination.