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Molly and the Magic Wishbone

by Barbara McClintock

Published by Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-374-34999-1

Ages 4 - 7

Molly is given one wish–just one wish–after finding a magic wishbone. Molly is taking care of her younger siblings while their mother is ill and each child has his or her own idea of what extravagance she should wish for. When their rabbit appears to be ill, the younger children are convinced Molly should use her wish to cure it. But Molly is up to the task of handling things on her own. The same is true when one of the children breaks Mama's best bowl. Molly, mature and responsible, is still child enough to decide that a closet full of beautiful dresses is just what she wants. Then she discovers her youngest sister, Phylis, is missing. Phylis has gone out into the cold, snowy streets in search of her own magic wishbone. When Molly has no luck finding her, the solution is obvious, and the ending as happy as any one could wish for. There's a definite Victorian feel to the story and setting of this appealing story. That's no surprise, since it is loosely based on Charles Dickens's "The Magic Wishbone." But Barbara McClintock's wintery Victorian world is populated wholly by animal creatures. Molly and her family are cats, with an admirable lack of cuteness in their appearance. The Dickensian streets are filled with a wide range of other creatures–all decked out in Victorian garb. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children; New Editions of Old Favorites.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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