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. Volume XII Number 7 . . . .November 25, 2005
Elizabeth MacLeod has done an excellent job researching and writing about Harry Houdini's life for a younger audience. Each two-page spread focuses on a different time or aspect of his life, from his early life as the son of an immigrant rabbi, to his success on stages across the U.S., Europe and Australia. The colourful pictures, illustrations and informative sidebars all add to the text. A timeline of Harry's life, an index and the table of contents are included.
Houdini and his wife, Bess, became very successful, but endured lots of hard times, too. At one point, Harry tried to sell his magic tricks for $20.00, but there were no buyers! He eventually became known for his escape tricks - from handcuffs, straight jackets, milk cans and coffins. An accomplished magician, at one time he made an elephant disappear! He also made six movies.
Curiously enough, Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1924, from a ruptured appendix, but his fame lives on today in the admiration of countless followers.
This book will be a welcome addition to the biography section in any library.
Patricia Fay is a teacher-librarian at Beaumont Elementary School in Winnipeg, MB. She once owned a collie that loved to escape from the fenced yard, thereby earning the nickname, "Houdini"!
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