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The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree Paperback – April 18, 1986


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Trophy Newbery
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (April 18, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064401685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064401685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Various people take cards from Thaddeus Blinn, who says he can give them whatever they desire. Polly, who has a sharp tongue, asks to be well-liked. Rowena wants Henry to stay in town long enough to put down roots. Sam, sick of hauling water, wishes for water on his folks farm. They all get their wishes, with some truly horrible side effects, in Brittain's Newbery Honor Book.
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"An eerie delight." -- NYT.

"In this account of sinister doings in Coven Tree, Stew Meat [of Devil's Donkey] relates the King Midas luck that came to three young people, each of whom had a wish fulfilled, and each of whom rued that fulfillment. [A] literary folk story at its best'folksy, fascinating and fun." -- SLJ.

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Read this when I was in 5th grade.
H. Webb
Told with humor and great moralistic themes, this book has enough mystery to intrigue my students.
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I have been trying to remember the title of this book for a long time now.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Auliya on November 16, 1998
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"...What book should I have him read?"
Your would-be lawyer prodigy should read 'The Wish Giver' to learn early on the difference between the letter and the spirit of the law. In this case, the law of magic, and the 'just desserts' granted by its mysterious logic.
Fact: After reading this book as an 8 year old girl, I spent hours of my time designing wishes in contractual format that would not allow my wish giver to cheat me one bit.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading a great book by Bill Brittain called The Wish Giver. The book consists of three sections,Jug-a-Rm, The Tree Man, and Water, Water, Everywhere. In Jug-a-Rum, a girl named Polly made a wish to be noticed. She sure got that wish but not in the best way. She started to croak like a frog. In The Tree Man, another girl named Rowena made a wish that her boyfriend would never leave. Well, she didn't word her wish right and her boyfriend got turned into a tree. Finally, in Water, Water, Everywhere, a kid named Adam made a wish that his farm would get more water because it didn't have much. Well, so much water came because of his wish that he and his family were flooded out. In the end a man named Stew Meat wished all three wishes would go away, and they did. Thecharacters that were in the book were pretty cool. Theonly one I disliked was Rowena and her story. I disliked this section because it wasn't as exciting as the other sections. Overall, I think it was a great book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes magical and mysterious books like, one of my favorites, Harry Potter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. J Metz on December 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is one that everybody should have. It is about three youngsters who visit a magic man named Thaddeus Blinn, who claims that he can give them whatever they want for only fifty cents each. Each one gets a white card with a red spot on it. They are to place their thumbs on the red spot and say what they wish for. Well, one of them wishes that she would be popular and ends up sounding like a frog. Another wishes that her boyfriend would never leave her, but she doesn't say her wish right and her boyfriend puts down tree roots. Another wishes his fathers farm would have enough water, but instead the farm gets flooded. I hope to one day see a movie made out of this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Library Binding
The book The Wish Giver was very exciting because there were 3-5 main events, and they were all pretty crazy. It was kind-of mysterious because you could never make a reasonable prediction unless you really thought about your clues and what was going on in the story. This story had alot of suspense also. A brief summary is: There was a church social oneday. Alot of Coven Tree's townspeople went. Stew Meat, Polly Kemp, Rowena Jervis, and Adam Fiske went to Thaddeus Blinn's {the Wish Giver's} tent and bought a card with a red dot on it for $0.50 per card. They each got one card. When they wanted to make their wish, they put their thumb on the red dot and said their wish out loud. After reading this wonderful book, you will probably learn this lesson : be careful what you wish for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Library Binding
The Wish Giver is an outstanding story involving magic, fantasy, and problem solving at its best. Set in the small town of Coven Tree, Stew Meat and three youngsters encounter Thaddeus Blinn, a sinister traveling magic man. Wishes are made, and they all come true, with some intersting results. Children and adults both will enjoy this enchanting tale of mystery and humor. Over the years I have read it to my students in grades 1 through 6, and all of us agree that the Wish Giver gets 5 Stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mimagirl on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
A mysterious little man with curiously snake-like eyes comes to town. His boast is that he can give you anything - anything - that you wish for. Four villagers take him up on his offer, but he leaves them with a warning: "Take great care when you wish. For it will be granted exactly as you ask for it."

One by one, each of the townspeople use their wishes. One by one their wishes go haywire. Soon all of them have only one wish - for their wishes to be undone! Will they be able to find a way to undo their wishes? Or are the stuck forever under the spell cast by the little man with the snake-like eyes. . . ?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I like this book because it has magician named Thaddeus Blinn. This book is about three kids who pay $.50 to get whatever they want. One wishes her boyfriend would stay, another wishes for attention, andthe last wishes for water. I like this book because I like magic.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KEY on December 10, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
The Wish Giver is full of excitement, surprises and suspense! This is a book that anyone will enjoy, especially people who love magic. The book is about three children who make wishes---ones that don't turn out the way they expect! I liked to read about their problems and how they try to solve them. The Wish Giver is interesting because absolutely nothing turns out the way anyone would think it would. If you want to find out more, read it! I'd encourage you to enjoy The Wish Giver!
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