Albert and the Magician

When Mr Curry the headmaster announces The Great Gazebo is coming to visit the school, Albert’s big sister Fionnuala tells him awful tales of the powers of magicians, especially over seven-year-old boys. ‘They appear in a cloud of smoke and red sparks and they kidnap boys,’ she tells him, and they take them to ‘foreign lands that is all desert and absolutely crawling with snakes and scorpions and rats and tarantulas’. Poor Albert is terrified! When a funny-looking old man turns up at the school gate in a cloud of smoke on a big old motorbike, Albert kindly helps him carry his bags – only to find out that this is the magician and now he has a special interest in Albert!

This book by Leon Mc Auley is aimed at pupils in middle classes. This document for the teacher contains suggestions on how to use the book as a cross-curricular resource in the Third Class classroom.

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This resource has been made available to Seomra Ranga with the kind permission of the O’ Brien Press. ( O’ Brien Press retains the copyright of the resource.