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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The article in the financial section of the Star Phoenix newspaper about growing magical bean crops caught the attention of the Wizard of Hawarden and he went to the farmer's market to buy the magic bean seeds. The Wizard planted the seeds in his garden, he watered them, and they began to multiply. He named the beanstalk Guinevere, gave it plant fertilizer every day, and read Shakespearean sonnets to it during the evening. The Wizard was disappointed when it grew into a tree with only roots and vines instead of magic beans. One day when the Wizard and his wife Susan went to the orchard to harvest their crab apple crop, Susan stumbled over some roots. The Wizard realized that they had grown out of his magic beanstalk and they could not harvest the apple crop till they removed those roots. The Wizard decided to cast a love spell over the magic beanstalk, thinking it would fall in love with the surroundings and produce magic beans instead of roots and vines. What will happen next?
The Wizard and the Beanstalk: A Saskatchewan Fairy Tale by Susan Hathiramani is a whimsical fairytale that will leave young readers enchanted and mesmerized. The illustrations by the author are as magical as the story and add color to the already fascinating tale that will keep readers glued to the very end. The narration is detailed and descriptive, making the images vivid. The portrayal of all the characters is strong and memorable, and I like the way the characterization of the beanstalk has been done. It has been given an identity and personality that will remain in the minds of readers for a long time. For all those who love whimsy, magic, fantasy, enchantment, and fairy tales, this is definitely the book to read!