A young Black girl wonders what kind of magical hairstyle her mother will create in Magic Like That by Samara Doyon Cole. Page by page, the reader is invited along as Doyon weaves themes of identity and self-confidence with her own magic of rhythmic poetic text. Geneva Bowers’ bold and engaging illustrations bring this magic to life.
This book is a fabulous mentor text for figurative and descriptive language.
I recently shared Magic Like That with my fifth graders. We enjoyed this wonderful picture book and its positive message. We also enjoyed exploring Doyon’s use of similes, metaphors, and alliteration. Students chose an object/place/person and used Doyon’s craft moves to guide their own writing.
We would like to share some of that writing with you: