I recently finished reading Wish by Barbara O’Connor. During this time of year when friends and family gather to give thanks for all of our blessings, it is fitting that I have been immersed in this example of wonderful children’s literature.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Four leaf clovers, yellow freight cars, three birds on a wire, and loose eyelashes – all of these have been vehicles for Charlie Reese’s wish. When she goes to live with her aunt and uncle in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the sad, sorry buildings and “squirrel-eating hillbillies” in her new community begin to take on a new look after she adopts a stray dog and makes friends with Howard Odams and his family. She realizes that wishes can come true, if you take the time to see all of the blessings life has bestowed upon you.
For anyone teaching the Notice and Note signposts, this would be a terrific instructional read aloud. There are many examples of Words of the Wiser, A-ha Moments, Memory Moments, Again and Again, and Tough Questions.