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All of the little birds have learned to fly...all except one. Little Owl can't do it! But others explain to him that it's easy: all he has to do is say "abracadabra" and try, and try again, until he succeeds!

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Ara J. Schmitt, PhD, about perseverance and discovering the "magic" that's within you.

About the Author

Maria Loretta Giraldo is an Italian children's writer based in Verona, Italy. She is the author of more than 100 books published and translated all over the world. She works for publishers such as Giunti, Rizzoli, De Agostini, San Paolo, and many more. She is a long-term artistic partner of Nicoletta Bertelle.

About the Illustrator

Nicoletta Bertelle has illustrated more than 80 books for many Italian and foreign publishers. One of her books was chosen by Rai TV for a cartoon, and she was selected in 2002 for the White Ravens list. She is published by Giunti, San Paolo, Grimm Press, and many more. She lives in Padua, Italy.

Reviews & Awards

Charmingly written by Maria Loretta Giraldo and delightfully illustrated by Nicoletta Bertelle, Abracadabra! is an entertaining picture book that teaches children ages 4 to 8 how to face challenges and keep trying, despite setbacks.
Midwest Book Review

Striking colors in loose designs on white backgrounds calm young ones and invite them to apply the story to their situation.
Seattle Book Review

An engaging story about the magic of perseverance, with helpful end notes for parents and caregivers.
Spirituality & Practice

This is a great book that you will love to read with your kids as much as I loved reading it to my own!
Dad of Divas