The popularity of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone makes it a joy to work with and gives you opportunities you wouldn’t have with other texts. Children who know the book will be keen to revisit it, and those who don’t will soon be drawn into its well-paced and absorbing narrative. “I have yet to find a child who can put it down,” said one reviewer, following publication in 1997.
The magic is still at work two decades later.
Children will want to talk about Harry’s wizarding world and their own experiences there as readers. Expect strong feelings about the characters – Harry and his friends seem real and children like to treat them as such. Their involvement is frequently expressed through play, making the book a natural and rewarding starting point for cross-curricular activities.
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