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Ella May and the Wishing Stone Hardcover – August 9, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


“…Fagan believably captures the delicate balance of friendship in the very young and lets the story play out with welcome complexity. Côté's illustrations are simple without being cartoonish, demonstrating the same warm understanding of childhood. Thoughtful and Touching”
Kirkus Reviews
 “…Cary Fagan… does a great job here with both the fun, engaging story, and the fine tricks of repetition and structure that make Ella May and the Wishing Stone ideal for early reader. Geneviève Côté’s watercolour illustrations are lively and simple, focusing on the kids themselves and hewing closely to the narrative…. The net result is an original and imaginative treatment of one of the hardest lessons of early childhood –sharing –in a colourful package that’s likely to charm kids and adults alike.”
Quill & Quire

“Côté’s…illustrations drive the story along with light and expressive outlines and wash effects… children won’t have any difficulty following the action, and they’ll recognize Ella’s conflicting impulses.”
—Publishers Weekly

“…the little girl uses her imagination to reconnect with her friends, and realizes that they are far more important than wishes. Ultimately, she is able to grant everyone’s wishes, including her own.”
The Waterloo Region Record

“…The charming drawings by Geneviève Côté depict a late summer’s day on the sidewalk. It’s easy to forgive Ella May when she finally comes to her senses and realizes that friends are much more important than possessions….”
Montreal Review of Books

About the Author

Cary Fagan has written many books for children and adults, including Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas, based on Mordecai Richler’s beloved character. His writing has garnered several honors, including the Toronto Book Award, the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction, and the Mr. Christie Silver Medal. His recent picture books include Ten Old Men and a Mouse, My New Shirt, and Thing-Thing. His novels include The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Honor Book), Directed by Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Finalist), and Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Honor Book). Cary Fagan lives in Toronto.

Geneviève Côté has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Lady of Shalott and La petite rapporteuse de mots. She both wrote and illustrated a few picture books, among which are Me and You and What Elephant? Her editorial art has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Côté has won several awards, including the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Governor General’s Award for Illustration.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770492259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770492257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Ella May discovers a special wishing stone. When her friends want to use her stone, Ella May says it is too special. When they find stones of their own, Ella May dismisses their stones, as the stones do not have the wishing stone's line going-all-all-all the way around it. One friend creates a wishing stone machine, and all the friends pay a penny for a wishing stone to be made for them, and Ella May is sad and wishes she was the only one with a wishing stone. When rain washes away the line going-all-all-all the way around it off the stones, and Ella May is the only one with a wishing stone, she discovers she is not as happy as she thought she might be.

A gentle little story about the small delights and pains of being a child

"'Wish, wish, I'm making a wish
On my wishing stone.
And it will come true, oh yes it will,
Because I brought you home.'

The screen door of Ella May's house opened. Out slid a little tray. On the tray were a tuna fish sandwich, a pickle, a handful of chips, and a glass of milk.

`Look!' she said. `I wished for my lunch and here it is. Thank you, wishing stone.'"
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This is such an incredibly cute story and the illustrations are darling. This has quickly become one of our household favorites. During the course of the story Ella May learns a great deal about friendships and sharing. This has been especially beneficial for us as little monkey hasn't had to do a whole lot of sharing yet. He has taken to reminding us about why it is good to share.Ella May and the Wishing Stone is one that he requests on a regular basis and would be an excellent addition to any little one's library.
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