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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Books : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1) (Hardcover)

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Books : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1) (Hardcover)
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He lives a very unremarkable life. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose.

Specifications

Publisher
Bloomsbury UK
Book Format
Hardcover
Number of Pages
456
Author
J K Rowling
ISBN-13
9780747554561
Publication Date
March, 2001
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.21 x 6.02 x 1.54 Inches
ISBN-10
0747554560

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
It is a very fast-pace...
It is a very fast-paced book, helped along by Rowling's use of language through varied sentence structure and interesting vocabulary. American students must learn a lot about Britain through this book, with words like tripe, knickerbockers, treacle, and Christmas crackers. These are not things I would know if my husband weren't half Scottish! The study of this culture and the differences in language between "English" and "American" would provide interesting lessons. I have always thought Rowling's writing to be quite clever, humorous, and creative. Her language truly allows the readers to visualize what is happening. And, I must admit, I was quite surprised at how well the movies were done - at least they did not destroy the images I had created in my mind, they were pleasant additions! One of my favorite things about this book is the focus on teamwork. Even though Harry is the hero, Rowling makes it very clear that he could not have done it alone. Each of the friends and other 'good' characters use their strength or talent to help others. Not one talent is considered superior - they must truly work together for best results. I love when even Neville wins points for his team at the end for the bravery it took to stand up to his friends. What great messages for children - first, that you sometimes do have to stand up to your friends and it's not easy; second, that each person has a special talent and life works best when played together.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
How this book is one o...
How this book is one of the most famous books in the world is beyond me. The characters are dull and lifeless, the entire story is unoriginal and Rowling writes with all the talent of an eight year old. The only thing 'magic' about this book is how it managed to stay out of the bargain basement bin.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
It is a very fast-pace...
It is a very fast-paced book, helped along by Rowling's use of language through varied sentence structure and interesting vocabulary. American students must learn a lot about Britain through this book, with words like tripe, knickerbockers, treacle, and Christmas crackers. These are not things I would know if my husband weren't half Scottish! The study of this culture and the differences in language between "English" and "American" would provide interesting lessons. I have always thought Rowling's writing to be quite clever, humorous, and creative. Her language truly allows the readers to visualize what is happening. And, I must admit, I was quite surprised at how well the movies were done - at least they did not destroy the images I had created in my mind, they were pleasant additions! One of my favorite things about this book is the focus on teamwork. Even though Harry is the hero, Rowling makes it very clear that he could not have done it alone. Each of the friends and other 'good' characters use their strength or talent to help others. Not one talent is considered superior - they must truly work together for best results. I love when even Neville wins points for his team at the end for the bravery it took to stand up to his friends. What great messages for children - first, that you sometimes do have to stand up to your friends and it's not easy; second, that each person has a special talent and life works best when played together.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
How this book is one o...
How this book is one of the most famous books in the world is beyond me. The characters are dull and lifeless, the entire story is unoriginal and Rowling writes with all the talent of an eight year old. The only thing 'magic' about this book is how it managed to stay out of the bargain basement bin.
It is a very fast-paced book, helped along by Rowling's use of language through varied sentence structure and interesting vocabulary. American students must learn a lot about Britain through this book, with words like tripe, knickerbockers, treacle, and Christmas crackers. These are not things I would know if my husband weren't half Scottish! The study of this culture and the differences in language between "English" and "American" would provide interesting lessons. I have always thought Rowling's writing to be quite clever, humorous, and creative. Her language truly allows the readers to visualize what is happening. And, I must admit, I was quite surprised at how well the movies were done - at least they did not destroy the images I had created in my mind, they were pleasant additions! One of my favorite things about this book is the focus on teamwork. Even though Harry is the hero, Rowling makes it very clear that he could not have done it alone. Each of the friends and other 'good' characters use their strength or talent to help others. Not one talent is considered superior - they must truly work together for best results. I love when even Neville wins points for his team at the end for the bravery it took to stand up to his friends. What great messages for children - first, that you sometimes do have to stand up to your friends and it's not easy; second, that each person has a special talent and life works best when played together.
How this book is one of the most famous books in the world is beyond me. The characters are dull and lifeless, the entire story is unoriginal and Rowling writes with all the talent of an eight year old. The only thing 'magic' about this book is how it managed to stay out of the bargain basement bin.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

It is a very fast-pace...

It is a very fast-paced book, helped along by Rowling's use of language through varied sentence structure and interesting vocabulary. American students must learn a lot about Britain through this book, with words like tripe, knickerbockers, treacle, and Christmas crackers. These are not things I would know if my husband weren't half Scottish! The study of this culture and the differences in language between "English" and "American" would provide interesting lessons. I have always thought Rowling's writing to be quite clever, humorous, and creative. Her language truly allows the readers to visualize what is happening. And, I must admit, I was quite surprised at how well the movies were done - at least they did not destroy the images I had created in my mind, they were pleasant additions! One of my favorite things about this book is the focus on teamwork. Even though Harry is the hero, Rowling makes it very clear that he could not have done it alone. Each of the friends and other 'good' characters use their strength or talent to help others. Not one talent is considered superior - they must truly work together for best results. I love when even Neville wins points for his team at the end for the bravery it took to stand up to his friends. What great messages for children - first, that you sometimes do have to stand up to your friends and it's not easy; second, that each person has a special talent and life works best when played together.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Happy 20th Anniversary...

Happy 20th Anniversary Harry, Ron and Hermione! In honor of this event I decided to interrupt my current book and reread the Sorcerer's Stone. It was around the time the 5th book was going to publish that I originally read the books. A friend at work had just started reading the series and I was intrigued after seeing the first couple movies. As she finished them she would loan them to me to read. It was so much fun and I loved sharing the experience. While I think most of the world has read the books or at least seen the movies, in case you haven't...Young Harry was just a baby when his parents died. He has been living with his aunt and uncle ever since, who treat him horribly. On his 11th birthday Harry receives a letter inviting him to go study at Hogwarts School of Magic and become a wizard! Off Harry goes to school where he makes friends and thwarts an evil plot by a dark wizard. This story is just so much fun. I love the world of wizards and witches JK Rowling has created. The magic is funny and inventive, the school dynamics and making friends are so universal that pretty much everyone can identify with them, the characters are memorable, there's an evil to be defeated and Harry's hero journey is just getting started. The story has a few inconsistencies that bug me a little, but it's not enough to spoil the overall magical experience.

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Harry Potter and the S...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling is a story about a young boy who discovers he is special and destined for great things. Harry is an orphan who lives with his stingy aunt and uncle. On his birthday a mysterious stranger takes him away and tells him he is a wizard, a famous wizard. Soon, Harry leaves the home of his aunt and uncle to attend Hogwarts, an elite school for witches and wizards. Along the way, he meets a variety of characters who help him realize his destiny. I enjoyed this story. The cast of characters and the setting add rich detail to this fantastic adventure. The story was fast paced and I could not put it down until I was finished. Extension Activity: Discussion and art activity about owls. Read stories and poems about owls. Provide paper plates, feathers, eyes, and other craft materials. Have children create their own owls using materials provided. Have chidlren write a poem or short story about their owls. Younger children can dictate their stories.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Harry Potter and the S...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. This book is a story about Harry Potter, a young boy whose parents died when he was a baby and was forced to live with his aunt and uncle in the cupboard under the stairs. Harry always thought he was a normal boy until he finds out on his 11th birthday that he is a wizard. Harry goes to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards, to learn about magic. He makes friends at Hogwarts, learns how to use magic, and discovers more about his past. However, things become complicated when he learns more about his parents' death, dark magic, and mysterious events begin happening inside the Hogwarts castle.

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Harry is a boy who is ...

Harry is a boy who is unlike any other boy. He has faced the dark lord, and the curse of death. When Harry was about one years of age, his parents were murdered. Lord Voldemort attepted to kill Harry as well but failed. Ever since, he has been watched over by those of good and bad. As Harry grew older he became a students of Hogwarts, Withcraft and Wizardry. Harry being so famous quickly made loyal friends. Torwards the end Harry faces the Dark Lord and yet again defeats him. I really enjoyed this book. It was filled with adventure and mystery, I gave it five stars because this book is the best of all other books I have yet to read. I reccomend this book to anyone who is up for adventure and mystery. This book has really grown on me and I hope you like this book just as much as I did.


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