Ava Tree and the Wishes Three

Ava Tree and the Wishes Three

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by Jeanne Betancourt, Angela Dominguez
     
 

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The morning of Ava Tree's eighth birthday begins the same as always . . . only different. Today, Ava makes wishes and they come true. It's A for Amazing!

First, she wishes that her pet rabbit, Tibbar, will use the toilet instead of his messy, annoying litter box . . . and he does. Then she wishes that her best friend's very proper mother will not ruin

Overview

The morning of Ava Tree's eighth birthday begins the same as always . . . only different. Today, Ava makes wishes and they come true. It's A for Amazing!

First, she wishes that her pet rabbit, Tibbar, will use the toilet instead of his messy, annoying litter box . . . and he does. Then she wishes that her best friend's very proper mother will not ruin her very improper backwards birthday party by making it forward, upside up right, down side down, and right side out . . . and she doesn't.

Can Ava wish for anything she wants on her birthday--and every day after that--and have it come true? What if her biggest wish is to undo the saddest thing in her life so far (and possibly forever)? Can that wish come true, too?

It couldn't hurt to try.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Waking up on her eighth birthday, Ava tears up thinking about her parents, who died in a car accident ("Being an orphan is the saddest thing in my whole life so far, and probably forever"). She now lives with her 22-year-old brother, Jack, and the siblings sense that their father and mother are still taking care of them. Struggling to clean her pet rabbit's litter box, Ava wishes it "would use the toilet like a person" and when it suddenly does, Ava and Jack wonder if it could be a birthday gift from their mother, who had been a magician. Ava's "wishing power" seems to continue, though some of her wishes-that her parents weren't dead-go unanswered ("My other wishes came true right away," thinks Ava. "...Maybe it is too big a wish"). Betancourt (the Pony Pals series) balances the fanciful and the real throughout-the thrill of Ava's wishes coming true versus her pangs of longing for her parents. Though some particulars unrelated to the wishes strain credibility, kids will embrace this bighearted novel and its thoughtful, resilient narrator. Ages 6-9. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Ava Tree, whose parents died in an accident, lives with her 22-year-old brother. On her eighth birthday, she wakes up to find that she has "wishing power": she wishes that her pet rabbit would use the toilet like a person, and he does. Next, she wishes that her best friend's mom, who is overly concerned about proper behavior, would not "fix" her Backward Birthday Party. She learns that she can only make three wishes a day, that they only last for 24 hours, that by wishing for mean things to happen to other people she ends up hurting herself, and that some wishes don't come true. Despite her multiple attempts, her parents do not come back to life. Character development is slight, though Ava does get a little further along in her grieving process. The ending suggests that her wishing power comes from her mother, so this is not a strictly realistic tale, but readers will relate to it. Some of the illustrations are oddly proportioned and don't add much, but the text is large and the line spacing generous. An additional choice for readers who are ready for longer chapter books.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

Kirkus Reviews
When three of her wishes come true on her birthday, eight-year-old Ava Tree is sure she has the wishing power. But her power doesn't extend to bringing her parents, dead two years now, back to life. Here, the writer of The Pony Pals offers a sympathetic stand-alone story about coping with loss. Ava lives with her grown brother, Jack, whose efforts to keep her childhood normal and to be the family she needs are laudable. The first-person narration moves smoothly through the events of three days: her birthday party, a pet show and a visit to the swimming pool with friends. Young readers will find simple sentences, straightforward chronology and Dominguez's black-and-white illustrations to reinforce and break up the text, but Betancourt slips in some narrative challenge, leaving them to wonder: Does Ava really have such power or is it all coincidence? This sophistication, Ava's unusual situation and the realistic depiction of young people carrying on after a terrible loss set this book above the usual chapter-book fare. (Fiction. 7-9)
From the Publisher
Praise for Ava Tree and the Wishes Three:

 

“Betancourt (the Pony Pals series) balances the fanciful and the real throughout—the thrill of Ava's wishes coming true versus her pangs of longing for her parents…kids will embrace this bighearted novel and its thoughtful, resilient narrator.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“Young readers will find simple sentences, straightforward chronology and Dominguez’s black-and-white illustrations to reinforce and break up the text, but Betancourt slips in some narrative challenge, leaving them to wonder: Does Ava really have such power or is it all coincidence? This sophistication, Ava’s unusual situation and the realistic depiction of young people carrying on after a terrible loss set this book above the usual chapter-book fare.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Using the common three-wishes setup could lead to a predictable lesson about being careful what you wish for, but Betancourt allows Ava to learn from her choices without the intrusive I-told-you-so voice of the adult. The first-person story is an easy read, just right for the new reader, but the fully realized secondary characters and the poignancy of Ava's longing for her parents give it depth. Since author Betancourt is an old hand at series fiction, I hope my wish for more stories about Ava will come true.” —The Horn Book

 

The Horn Book

Using the common three-wishes setup could lead to a predictable lesson about being careful what you wish for, but Betancourt allows Ava to learn from her choices without the intrusive I-told-you-so voice of the adult. The first-person story is an easy read, just right for the new reader, but the fully realized secondary characters and the poignancy of Ava's longing for her parents give it depth. Since author Betancourt is an old hand at series fiction, I hope my wish for more stories about Ava will come true.
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
What would you do if you had three wishes? What would you do if you had them everyday? Ava Tree, a spunky eight year old, finds out that she has that power. She does not find out right away; instead she has a series of coincidences where what she says she wants actually happens. After the second wish, she wishes her parents were alive. And she wishes again the next day and the next. Ava has to find out the secret of the wishes before they go away. This is a pleasant enough book. Nothing shocking happens and even though the death of Ava's parents is sad, the book doesn't get too melodramatic. The things she wishes for are the same things that any kid might wish for. The line spacing and text size are good and the illustrations cute (but not necessarily helpful). However, the book is just a little too pleasant. There is no real conflict or character development, and the death of her parents just seems a little unconnected to everything else. For children who have the same level of maturity as the reading level, this is a good book. For kids who are starting to look for more in depth stories, another choice might be better. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429938990
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

I remembered how Tibbar used the toilet when I wished it. How Mother Purhfect changed her mind about coming to my party when I wished it. And how Reed Dimster didn't come to my party when I wished it. Now it was time to make my official birthday cake wish.

There was something I wanted more than anything else in the world. I would make it my birthday cake wish.

I looked over my shoulder and took a deep breath. I blew out those candles in one breath.

Meet the Author

JEANNE BETANCOURT is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults, including, the Pony Pals, a chapter book series that has run for more than ten years and sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She's also received Emmy nominations and other awards for her television and movie scripts. She lives in New York City where besides writing, she likes to paint and tap dance. If Jeanne had wishing power, the first wish she'd make would be for everyone who reads Ava Tree to have three wishes a day, too.


Jeanne Betancourt is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults, including Pony Pals, a chapter book series that has run for more than ten years and sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She’s also received Emmy nominations and other awards for her television and movie scripts. She lives in New York City where besides writing, she likes to paint and tap dance. If Jeanne had wishing power, the first wish she'd make would be for everyone who reads Ava Tree to have three wishes a day, too.
Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now resides in Brooklyn. She has illustrated several books for children and is author and illustrator of Maria Had a Little Llama. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She's delighted to still be doing both.

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