5.0 out of 5 stars By Lisa M. on August 31, 2013
Format: PaperbackBy susan,mt.view, CA on August 29, 2013
I liked Magical Mea, even though she is playing tricks on people in the beginning of the story. When she hides things and then finds them, she gets a lot of praise and she likes that. Mea wants to be appreciated. She's not like her older brother Matthew, who fixed things secretly. I think she plays tricks just to see what happens. But in the end of the story, she learns her lesson. She finally sees that it's better to help people than play tricks on them. I think it's a fun story that kids can learn from. I definitely recommend this book!
This is the second book in a series, beginning with Magical Matthew. Near the ending of Magical Matthew, we learn that Matthew suspects his younger sister, Mea, of having the gift of magic. In this story of Magical Mea, we see immediately that she does not like being told what to do by her older brother. So much so, that to be unlike Matthew, she uses her magic to create mischief, rather than good. Having this much power at a very young age can be overwhelming. But, Mea is stubborn, and advice from her brother on how to use her magic, is unwelcome. One morning Mea leaves the safety of her home, unaccompanied, and plays her tricks of hiding things on the people she happens upon along her way. Seeing her power at work is great fun and she does it over and over again. Without telling you the ending of the story, all ends well and Mea learns a valuable life lesson--that it is even more fun to do good things with her magic, resulting in her feeling proud and capable. Ms. Cole's stories allow children to learn from her characters, in a fun and enjoyable way, important life lessons. My children our looking forward to Ms. Cole's next book, and I am wondering what lesson she will teach.