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The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Treet Library Binding – April 20, 1983

4.4 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Coven Tree Series

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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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A good old-fashioned tale of witchcraft andtransformation." -- -- The Kirkus Reviews

"An eerie delight." -- -- NYT.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Library Binding: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 20, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006020687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060206871
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,935,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Auliya VINE VOICE 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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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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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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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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By A Customer on December 17, 1998
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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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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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October is the perfect time of year to read Brittain's fascinating tale--which I consider an introduction to the Hallowween spirit. I was hooked right from the Prologue--which is skillfully designed to keep you turning pages! Who is this shady character, Thaddeus Blinn, who turns up out of nowhere (Nowhere Good--that is), quietly wreaks havor on the gullible community, then slips off to ply his nasty trade elsewhere? Whoever heard of a Church Social with a slick con man selling Wishes (give me a break!) "Anything You Want for Just 50 Cents" proclaims his sign. Scoffers naturally question if he can really deliver: Who'd be so naive as to fall for That scam...if it Is a scam.... if Only it were a scam...

Friendly storekeeper Stew Meat relates the tales of three gullible youngsters who try to take charge of their lives, in a cash-for-hands-on attempt to control their destiny. But they wind up taking the bull (or worse) by the Horns. Is it just a clever con game--trading on folks' greed and credulity? We shudder to contemplate the potential for dark mischief unleashed in the sleepy New England town with teh creepy name of Coven Tree.

So--Be careful what you wish for AND from whom you wish it! It might just come true, but with a malicious twist, as in "The Monkey's Paw." Since when can eager wishers control the engine of their gratification? It doesn't even matter if the wish is simply selfish or truly humanitarian either, for all wishes are tainted by the Giver. When you resort to unfair methods to achieve you goals, don't be surprised if the results are foul as well. And once the wish makers have matured
a bit, can these village wishes ever be reversed? There's no money-back guarantee in this mysterious and entertaiiing read!
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