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Story Image Read this story about magical spells on Thanksgiving day.

Odd Cousin Nora

Sammy's cousin, Nora, was invited to Thanksgiving dinner. Sammy had never met Nora before. In fact, Sammy's mom had always talked about Nora as being odd. When Nora arrived on Thanksgiving, she wore a dark brown cape, and she carried a basket that contained her cat and a bunch of flowers. Just as Sammy was letting Nora into the house, he felt a cold gust of wind blow by. Sammy saw the cat arch his back, and he heard a weird sound. Sammy then heard his mom yell from the kitchen, "Oh, no! The turkey just burned in an instant! Did someone turn up the oven?" Strange things were happening this Thanksgiving…

Age 10
Plymouth, MA

Nora looked to Sammy and smiled and gave a wink. "Don't worry, dearie. I'll fix another turkey in an instant," she said. She set her basket on the kitchen counter and said, "All you need is a pinch of lavender and an ounce of camamille and a spattering of basil. Pop it back in the oven for twenty minutes, and it will be good as new." Sammy was so shocked when this turned out to be true that when he stepped down into the kitchen he tripped and fell. He turned around to see what he had tripped over and saw....

Age 7
Wichita, KS

Nora's black cat staring at him with blue-green eyes. Sammy screamed and ran into Nora. Nora said," Watch where you're going, Cousin!" Then she cast a spell on him. She said, "Stiff niff miffy miffy niff. Turn this boy stiff!" Sammy stood stiff as a rock. Nora laughed and laughed and laughed. Then she...

Age 7
Wichita, KS

Nora went to Sammy's mom. His mom said, "What's the matter?" Nora said, "I accidentally cast a spell on Sammy." "I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"  Sammy's mom got mad and said, "You apologize now, or I'll have to cast a worse spell on you. OK, Nora?" said Mom. Sammy was still standing stiff under a spell, but then...

Age 7
Wichita, KS

Sammy's mom started to cry. "My Sammy is under a spell," she weeped. "I cannot get him out of it." She cried and cried and cried. Nora tried to get him out of the spell, but all she did was make it worse. It had been all day that Nora tried to get him out of the spell. She got a bit flustered with herself. She even lost her bearing once. But still she could not do it. She tried other spell undoers, but she could just not do it right. But then something finally happened...

Riley M.
Age 8
Reading, PA

Nora did the right spell. It was an old spell: ''Bibadee babidi boo''. Sammy wasn't under the spell any more. He could move again! Sammy thanked Nora and hugged her. His mother hugged and kissed him so much that he turned red. They all cellebrated and had a Thanksgiving party.

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