The Trouble with Wishes

The Trouble with Wishes

by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Jennifer Plecas
     
 

Third-grader Katie Logan has just been given what every kid dreams of--three wishes all her own. Big brother Alex warns her to be careful what she wishes for, because an idea that seems good could turn out to be bad. The one things Katie knows she's like is the lead in the class Thanksgiving play--but with Katie's mean, noisy, awful class on stage, anything is…  See more details below

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Third-grader Katie Logan has just been given what every kid dreams of--three wishes all her own. Big brother Alex warns her to be careful what she wishes for, because an idea that seems good could turn out to be bad. The one things Katie knows she's like is the lead in the class Thanksgiving play--but with Katie's mean, noisy, awful class on stage, anything is possible.

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Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
The plot is simple and predictable, but that won't be a problem for middle readers who gobble up stories like this one. It takes place in and around a third grade class of everyday kids with common school complaints. Presto! In their midst appears a magic lamp. Suddenly somebody's not playing by the rules and a heap of troubles and silly fun take center stage. Lighthearted pencil sketches appear occasionally to assist transitional readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3Katie is a sensitive third grader in a class of squabblers. Her disappointment in having a small part in the school play is minor compared to her disappointment in her classmates' behavior. As she walks home through the park one day, she discovers a rain-soaked cereal box. When she picks it up to discard it, it turns into a magic lamp with a wish-granting genie. Katie's brother warns her of the unexpected bad results that can come from seemingly good wishes, so she decides to ask only for the lead in the play. She must use her second wish to remedy the disaster that ensues; her final request is that her classmates learn to become kind and cooperative. This breezy chapter book, illustrated with full-page black-and-white illustrations, pairs well with Patricia Reilly Giff's In the Dinosaur's Paw (Dell, 1985).Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
Susan Dove Lempke
Spitballs, quarrels, and a lot of racket are the order of the day in Katie's third-grade class; and after one particularly tense day, Katie makes an astonishing discovery. On her way home through the park, she picks up a piece of litter that transforms into a magic lamp, complete with three wishes. Thoughts of 35-inch color TVs and getting the best part in the class play immediately come to mind, but when her big brother (who has clearly read "The Monkey's Paw" ) warns of the downside to getting wishes granted, Katie begins to see what a difficult choice she has. Although she is as self-absorbed as most eight-year-olds ("World peace was probably a good idea, although Katie wasn't sure what that would get her" ), Katie remains lovable through Pfeffer's skilled use of point of view and humor. Another in Holt's fine Redfeather line of books for the "ready for short chapters" crowd.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805038262
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
Redfeather Book Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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