“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Wishing Stone

Book-WishingStoneWritten by: Steve Smallman

Illustrated by: Rebecca Elliott

Published by: QED Publishing (January 7, 2010)

Ages:   4 – 6 years

Theme:  Friendship, bravery, lonely

Opening Lines: Armadillo lived in the swamp. He was lonely and wished that he could find a friend.

Synopsis: Shy Armadillo always curled up into a ball when anyone came near him. He wished he could have a friend. When he overheard Mouse, Monkey and Flamingo playing and making wishes while sitting on his back, he decided to grant their wishes himself during the dark of night when no one is around. It is only when Armadillo leaves bugs for Flamingo’s wish that the trio discover the unusual stone they thought made wishes come true is actually a living animal, and so an unlikely friendship is born.

Why I like this: A sweet story of friendship and bravery. I loved when Mouse is sitting on the so-called stone watching the others play in the river and wishes he had a paddling pool. Unbeknown to them Armadillo is the stone Mouse is sitting on and he decides to help Mouse out. During the night he digs a small paddling pool for him. They all think the next day that the stone must be a wishing stone so next Monkey makes a wish which is granted the next day. When Flamingo grants a wish but is not what they expected they realise the stone is not a wishing stone. They realise that Armadillo was trying to please them and in doing so they become friends. I loved this feel good story written in prose. It also has a refrain worked in three.   This lovely story is complimented by beautiful illustrations.   There is also a teachers note/guide in the back page.

Resources/Findings: There are some lessons or teachers guide in the back pages of this book.

Cool insect and bug facts on this website….  http://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/biology_kids/animals-biology_kids/bugs_insects_kids/insects_bugs_kids/

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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10 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Tina Cho says:

    Neat premise. I haven’t seen many armadillo stories. Thanks for sharing, Diane.

    • Hehe… actually Tina I had never heard of an armadillo before this story. Well I had seen the word but didn’t really know what it was. We learn a lot from picture books! Your welcome.

  2. Sounds sweet, and I’m into armadillos lately! Just placed it on hold.

  3. ManjuBeth says:

    Great to see an unusual collections of animals. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What an enchanting story. I love stories about unlikely pairing of animals. And the cover really draws you to the story.

  5. Joanna says:

    Love the choice of animals for this story.

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