The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well

by Kai Strand


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Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.
Suggested age range for readers: 9-12

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ISBN-13: 9781616333027
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

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The Wishing Well 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Wishing Well - Another Weaver Tale by Kai Strand is the story of Molly Minstrel who is treated badly by her mother and sisters. The story then takes you to Molly's meeting with this mysterious creature, UNWANTED, whose magical powers help to wish her problems away. The story is a twist on the original Cinderella story. Instead of the fairy godmother, the author has introduced UNWANTED, an amazing blue creature. I liked the idea of recreating the magic of Cinderella. It is very innovative to have a theme on similar lines. It is disheartening to see children being treated badly and abused by the people with whom they stay. There are some lessons to be learnt too through the story. Molly's character is also portrayed with some depth and the valuable education she gives other children by her behavior is commendable. The Wishing Well is a book that all children from the age of seven would enjoy. But the story demands that there are pictures of Molly Minstrel, Riddle, and UNWANTED. The story line is great, and illustrations would have added to it.  Apart from Molly, the characters of Riddle and UNWANTED are worth mentioning. The meanness of her mother and sisters is depicted very well. The book also speaks about helping, loving, and the victory of good over evil. Will Molly be granted the wish that she is looking for?
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I had won this book from Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer blog last October 2012. I just finished reading it. I had not read any of Kai Strand books before. This was good and different twist on a Cinderella type story. It is aimed at readers 8-12 years old. It has lots of poems or tales in the story itself. It is a enjoyable story and has a lot of good lessons in it. I was most impressed with Molly's good friend Riddle. Molly is the youngest of three girls. She is treated like a Cinderella by her own mother and sisters. She is given so much work to do every day. She cooks, cleans, does laundry and has to put up with verbal abuse daily. Her friend Riddle comes over after her family leaves and helps Molly to her work so they can go off and play together with all the other children. Riddle does not have to help Molly. Molly is only 11 years old and has been treated different by her mom all her life. I wanted to scream at her mom for the way she treats Molly. Published July 24th 2012 by Guardian Angel Publishing 104 pages ISBN:1616333022
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
If you could be granted one wish, what would you ask for? Eleven-year-old Molly Minstrel lives a Cinderella-like existence in the town of The Tales with her mother Gert and two older sisters Eva and Hannah, who all treat her very badly as if she were a slave. Molly’s father died when she was only a small child. The older girls are interested only in chasing boys such as Vincent Chronicler or William Termsmith, and their mother seems intent on finding them husbands, even if one is the old, fat, crude, and ugly Sir Edward of Devonstead. One day Molly goes out with her best friend, Riddle Blaze, to play kickball with the other village kids and while looking for a lost ball comes across a small, blue, troll-like creature named Unwanted which has the reputation for granting wishes. Tired of being abused, she decides to see what his magic can do for her. What will her request be? What will happen as a result? Why does her own mother seem to hate her so? And will Eva have to marry the horrible Sir Edward? This book is a sequel to author Kai Strand’s previous tween chapter novel The Weaver (2010), about Mary Wordsmith who also lives in The Tales. In fact, Mary makes a cameo appearance in The Wishing Well. I have not read the first book. There is a reference to serving a carafe of wine and a flagon of beer at a dinner party. Molly tells a lie about Eva’s not resisting unwanted advances made by a previous suitor in her attempt to help her sister to keep from marrying Sir Edward. And Molly asks, “Does this skirt make my butt look big?” However, in general this is an entertaining story with well-developed characters that also illustrates the value of kindness, generosity, helping others, and problem-solving. The main theme is good versus evil, and in the end the good prevails. Most children will easily be able to relate to Molly’s feelings and the problems which she faces.
Penelope_Anne_Cole More than 1 year ago
Today I’m reviewing The Wishing Well, Another Weaver Tale, by Kai Strand, with cover art by K.C. Snider. This is the second in the Weaver Chapbook series for ‘tweens about folks in the town of The Tales who are “word weavers.” At the drop of a hat, or when asked, each person can weave tales, stories, riddles, poems, or fables to entertain and instruct. Their last names - and sometimes their first names - are word-related as well. The story is compelling from the first page and keeps your interest throughout -- I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. Poor Molly Minstrel is badly treated by her own mother and two sisters. She’s required to do all the chores: washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning, chopping wood, running errands, even filling the water bucket from the well. It’s much too much work for an eleven year old. Fortunately, she has a dear friend named Riddle who helps her so she can enjoy some play time with her friends. Since this is in the “Cinderella” theme, you wonder, along with Molly, why would her own mother and sisters treat her so terribly? After all, Molly is family, not step family. We wonder, too, until the end of the story. There is magic in the story in the person of a small, ugly, blue creature called “Unwanted.” Molly is kind to Unwanted and he rewards her with a wish. How that wish plays out in the book reveals why Molly is badly treated by her family and how they work out their problems in the end. The story is entertaining, but also has important life lessons. Kids will easily relate to the feelings of the children and the problems Molly faces. They’ll see that others’ life experiences shape the way they behave, but also see they can be helped to change for the good. The values of kindness, generosity, helping, and problem-solving are woven throughout the book along with the characters’ “word weavings.” I look forward to reading all of the books in this charming series. K.C. Snider’s cover art is lovely and puts you right in The Tales. You want to visit and you want to see more illustrations of life in this special place. Thank you, Kai Strand, for a perfectly delightful tale.