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Water Wishes (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by [Loehr, Mallory]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With water as its theme, the inaugural volume of The Magic Elements Quartet drowns in extraneous detail, sodden dialogue and a plot that is anything but watertight. While vacationing at the beach, 10-year-old Polly and seven-year-old Sam spot a glass bottle bobbing in the water; a note inside promises to grant three wishes. After several failed attempts, Polly makes a wishto become a mermaidthat comes true. Though the sequence of events gets murky, next the siblings 13-year-old brother, Joe, apparently gets hold of the bottle and is granted his wish to become Neptune. Meanwhile, Polly and Sam discover that his transformation seems to have wiped out everyone elses memory of their older brother. The plot becomes even sillier as Polly and Sam make their final wishto locate Joeand transform, respectively, into a mermaid (again) and an octopus, and find themselves in an underwater city; the rules that applied to Pollys wish (she reverted to her normal body after 24 hours) dont apply to Joes situation. Outlandish without being at all magical, this tale is summed up in a comment that Polly makes when she and Sam, so engrossed in their new serpentine identities, forget all about their mission to find Joe: Were wasting time! she exclaims. Readers of this washed-out tale will likely feel the same way. Ages 8-10.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A poorly imagined fantasy. Ten-year-old Polly and her 7-year-old brother, Sam, nearly drown while trying to retrieve a bottle bobbing temptingly on the ocean waves, but are saved by their surly, no-longer-fun-to-play-with teen-aged brother, Joe. They are disappointed when they can't find the bottle afterwards, and more than a little surprised when they discover it the next morning on Joe's dresser. Inside the bottle they find a note granting them three wishes "of this element," and after a little trial and error, they manage to get the promised fanciful adventure started. The upshot is Joe's disappearance, which no one seems to notice except for Polly and Sam, who have to figure out where he is and rescue him. There is nothing compelling about this story-the characters and dialogue are uninteresting and unconvincing, and the plot seems to have been constructed with convenience rather than logic in mind. For a classic story about wishes, try Edward Eager's Half Magic (Harcourt, 1954), or suggest Franny Billingsley's Well Wished (S & S, 1997) and Bill Brittain's The Wish Giver (HarperCollins, 1983).
Carrie Schadle, Beginning with Children School, New York City
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2889 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002PXFYQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mallory Loehr's first story in this quartet is amazing. My second grade class fell in love with it. It is a great read aloud!! It's perfect for Magic Tree House readers who want more of a challenge. But it is unique and different from the Magic Tree House series. Water Wishes is full of "real" dialogue and rich language. Mallory Loehr has a rare knack for fully developing her characters through the dialogue, struggles with other characters, events and their settings. So many thoughts, ideas and memories will be stirred up by events in this book. It offers the reader (and teachers) a lot to think about. Teachers can use it to teach writing strategies like personification, developing a character through the setting, allusion, etc. OUTSTANDING!!!
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It all started when Sam and Polly were playing in front of their summer house on the ocean....As they were playing they see something mysterious floating along in the water,and imediatly they go to try and get it.But,when a large wave crashes on them,their 13-year old Brother Joe comes and rescues them,but they can't find the mysterious green bottle....Later while in Joe's room they see it!They figure Joe must have taken whlie they were underwater....So they devise a plan to get their bottle back.......After they get it they open it and it says That whoever snatches this bottle from the Ocean gets 3 wishes from the Element......Wow,3 wishes!!!!!!Even though Sam and Polly aren't sure what that means,but they try their wishes imediatly...They come up with many wishes-like wishes for beauty,fame,wealth,new cars,the ability to fly-But none of them work!!!!Then they go back out to the beach,and Polly kinda of flippetly says,"We might as well as wished for something silly,like to become a mermaid,or something like that!"....Well, a storm suddenly brews,and the waves crash,and one comes up and touches Polly's leg-And now she's a mermaid!!!!!!!They have to tell Joe about the wishes and what happened,But Joe has his own wish,and the next day he disapears,leaving no trace-except a comic book and a pair of sunglasses.......
I Loved this book-and I think its the best in the series!If you read them You kinda learn a little about Ancient Greek Gods,and the stories in this series are simply fun!!!!!!I recomened this seies to anyone-even adults,they're a quick and fun read!!!!!Hope this review was helpful to You!
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This is a good fantasy for young readers, and there is a moral lesson at the end about sibling relationships. The older brother learns that he can't just boss around his little brother and sister. I like the dialogue, and the way the author weaves the fantasy in with the reality.
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My daughter read this entire series, many many years ago. I don't remember the details, but I do recall it was a great story and it was a good fit for a summertime read. She completed the entire series in one week.

At the time she was in second grade and considered an "above-average" reader. It wasn't until I was writing a review of a different book by Mallory Loehr that I came across this series. I can remember liking the way the author wove fantasy and reality together.

I would definitely recommend the series for young second to third grade girls. I also would suggest this series as a good "read together" for reluctant readers.
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By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one I'll never forget. It was more different than anything I've ever read and I don't think I would of liked it as much if it wasn't different. This is a great book for younger children and I highly recomened it!
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A Kid's Review on March 20, 2002
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I would recommend this book to younger children. It explained every thing clearly. You could understand every word they said. I would recommend 5th to 7th grade
Water wishes is about 3 kids who find a bottle with paper n the sea. These 3 kids realize wishes are not every- thing.
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