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Magic Plays a Part in the Coming-of-Age of a Young Witch in Engaging Chapter Book for Young Readers

Updated on August 5, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

fun and engaging story of a young witch's coming-of-age and life lesson of being your own person
fun and engaging story of a young witch's coming-of-age and life lesson of being your own person | Source

Becoming Your Own Person While Honoring Your Parents' Wishes for You

All young pre-teens can relate to the idea that they want to become their own person while still respecting their parents and what their parents want for them. What if you are a young witch who will soon reach her coming-of-age status at age 13? Kiki must decide to choose takng on her identity as a witch like her mom or become a human. Kiki is a half-witch because her dad is a human. What should she decide?

Come along with Kiki as she ultimately makes the decision to be a witch and follow the traditions of her mom. She really wants to be her own person while following these traditions. Her coming-of-age day is fast approaching. Kiki must leave her parents' home at age 13 and choose a new town that is in need of a witch to help with any problems. Kiki is finally ready to go on her special day. Her problem arises when her mom wants her to use an old broom and Kiki would like a new broom. Her mom also wants to choose the black dress that Kiki will wear. All young readers will relate to the problem of wanting to make their own decisions as Kiki wants to.

Kiki is finally ready to leave home and her beloved black cat Jiji will join her. She even has her own red radio. What kind of town should Kiki choose for her new home as a young witch on her own? Kiki finds a town to call home and discovers a new job opportunity by accident. She delivers a pacifier to a mom for her new baby and Kiki's new opportunity to open her own delivery service is begun. Her new broom presents a few problems with challenges but Kiki is able to overcome all challenges and her new position as a delivery service for the townspeople become a success. Young readers will find Eiko Kadono's Kiki's Delivery Service to be fun-filled reading with all of Kiki's adventures as she flies with all kinds of deliveries. She even saves New Year's Eve for the townspeople with a special delivery.

Kiki's Delivery Service was published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House Children's Books. It is recommended for ages 10 and up, and has an ISBN of 978-1-9849-9668-1.

Fun Black and White Illustrations of Kiki's Adventures

Kiki's adventure with a special delivery
Kiki's adventure with a special delivery | Source
Kiki must save New Year's Eve with a special delivery for the town clock
Kiki must save New Year's Eve with a special delivery for the town clock | Source
Personal photo from book courtesy of Random House Children's Books
Personal photo from book courtesy of Random House Children's Books | Source

Bring Kiki Into the Classroom for Some Creative Reading and Writing Activities

Teachers who teach language arts for ages 10 and up will want to bring Kiki into their classroom library for some creative activities in writing. Chapter books are fun to read over a period of several weeks. Students enjoy sharing a chapter each day when reading aloud to their peers. Reading aloud provides an opportunity for students to improve their reading skills.

*Read a chapter or two each day in a reading session. Students can read to the class as a group or choose partners to read together.

*Call attention to Kiki's decision when she must decide to become a witch like her mom or to become a human like her dad. Engage students in a discussion of any decision that they have had to make when there are several choices. How do they make their choices?

*Engage students in a discussion of the pros and cons of the decision taht Kiki must make. Assign a creative writing project for individual students or as a class writing project to make the list of pros and cons for Kiki's choice to become a witch or to become a human.

*Assign a creative writing project for each student to imagine that they are Kiki in making her choice. Which would they choose and why?

*Assign a creative writing experience for students to imagine themselves as Kiki and what kind of job would they choose for themselves in their new life as a witch?

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt


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