HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale
Author: Kai Strand
Illustrator: Jennifer E. Lankford
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc., 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1616333010 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1616333014 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1616333027 (Softcover)
ISBN-10: 1616333022 (Softcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1616333034 (eBook)
ISBN-10: 1616333030 (eBook)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Strand, Kai. The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale (published in 2012 by Guardian Angel Publishing Inc., 12430 Tesson Ferry Rd., #186, St. Louis, MO 63128). 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.