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Sorcerer's Apprentice
by Mary Jane Begin
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Familiar title? Yes it is, but this apprentice is not Mickey, but a young girl. She told the sorceror that she wanted nothing more than to learn his 'skills of magic and healing.' But instead she 'washed dishes, swept floors, chopped wood for the fire and carried water from the well.'

When the sorceror heads to town, leaving a long list of chores, she tries an overheard spell. The broom does as she asks but, true to the original, she can't get it to stop. She ends up chopping it to bits, so creating an army of brooms that 'stared at her with cold, strange eyes.'. She calls for her master's help, and it's then that she learns an important, lifelong lesson.

The artwork in The Sorcerer's Apprentice beautifully evokes a context of medieval magic, and the lesson about patience is a valuable one for both young and old.

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