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Gr 3-5-A tongue-in-cheek compilation of fortune-telling quizzes and games, including foot reading, handwriting analysis, and crystal balls. The book offers the same sense of good, clean fun as the other "Amelia" titles, and has the same format, which resembles a composition book scribbled with colorful doodles. The text looks like hurriedly written, secretly passed notes, which is sure to make it instantly appealing to the intended audience. Be aware, however, that readers are directed to copy or cut out a "good luck doll" and to tear out the last four pages of the book, which contain "fold-up fortune-teller games."-Leslie S. Hilverding, Schuster Elementary School, El Paso, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The spring list of American Girl Library titles boasts fun things to do for girls ages eight and up. In Marissa Moss's Madame Amelia Tells All, the now-familiar marbleized notebook opens to reveal secrets of fortune-telling, including how to do palm readings and foot readings, and four tear-out "fortune-tellers" (aka cootie catchers) that reveal such things as career choices and character strengths. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Gr. 3-6. In her latest pictorial notebook, Amelia presents her own special take on the different varieties of fortune telling. She reads palms, but instead of looking at the lines, she predicts that a hand with chocolate smudges belongs to someone who has just been eating candy! She makes up her own versions of the zodiac and handwriting analysis, and instead of reading tea leaves, she suggests "reading" your room. Quizzes are included, too, so readers can determine their personality types in a number of different ways. Four fortune-teller pullouts are attached in the back, but in terms of library use, they won't be missed once they're gone. Amelia's fans will gobble up this lighthearted, easy-to-read satire on superstitions. --Susan Dove Lempke