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Default Book Review: Pip's Magic by Ellen Stoll Walsh (children's book)

Pip's Magic by Ellen Stoll Walsh (NY: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1994, 32 pages).

This book is another delightful allegory-type story (as opposed to scientific), which aims to teach a child to overcome their fear of the dark.
Pip is a little land-dwelling salamander, whose species I defy any expert to guess. But one thing I've learned from children's books with caudates in them, is that the archetypal newt is red. Sorry, Tiger salamander.

Pip is scared of the dark. He is sent in quest of a cure to the wise wizard Old Abra (again, a mysterious newt-turtle connection). As with all true quest literature, it is the journey and not the goal which is the reward of the quest. By the time he finds Old Abra, Pip himself has become wise. And no longer afraid of the dark.
The vocabulary is simple; it is for young children. It has a very cute ending. The illustrations are cut paper collage, and fetching. As you can see, I'm running out of adjectives to describe children's books. But it is all of them: charming, lovely, delightful, fanciful, and heartwarming. This is a sweet book to share with your little larva.
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