The Plumber and the Wishing
Exchange ePublishing Pleasing
read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
On Christmas Eve a plumber is
very distraught. He has no money with which to buy gifts for
his family. The plumber has a friend Tupo Hoopoe who usually
winters in Africa, however this year the plumber has offered
to let Tupo Hoopoe enjoy his warm home for the winter. Tupo Hoopoe
speaks to her friend out in the Pea Wood about the sad situation.
Oracle Owl suggests that Tupo Hoopoe sit and watch down at the
thorny thicket. The Wishing Well Tupo Hoopoe sees there will
solve the plumber's problems. The Wishing Well appears to be
broken and no longer works for the little people who come to
make their wishes. The plumber is able to repair the broken well,
the little people are happy. Despite the fact that The Plumber
does not make a wish, he is able to buy his family the gifts
he hoped for them.
Irish writer Maher has produced
another credible work. "The Plumber and the Wishing Well"
is a book sure to enchant children from three to ten as well
as satisfy parents and older kids. The message that kindness
shown most often brings kindness in return is a lovely one for
the younger children to hear as Mom or Dad read the story to
them. I like the notion that the plumber will use his skills
to repair the well in exchange for money he will receive rather
than the notion of 'something for nothing' just wish and get.
"The Plumber and the Wishing
Well" weaves a fine tale, phraseology used is not out of
the understanding for most kids, Tupo Hoopoe is a delight.
Art work created for this publication
by illustrator Gin May is excellent. The edition is not a picture
book per se, however it does have enough illustrations that youngsters
will quickly recognize what type of bird Tupo Hoopoe, thorny
thicket, pea wood and the little people are.
Vocabulary is a little advanced
for the younger set, on the other hand many in the 8-10 group
will quickly pick up on both the non US American spelling of
a word or two and the perhaps unknown awareness of thorny thicket,
pea wood and stinging nettles. "The Plumber and the Wishing
Well" offers many opportunities for class or home discussion
regarding values as to why it is always wise to use our talents,
offer aid when possible, and look for alternative solutions rather
than simply sit and give up in the face of hardship. Due to the
writer being Irish the work will fit well into the classroom
geography discussion as children use a globe to discover where
the author lives and the story may take place. This is a book
I would happily use in my own Kindergarten-First Grade program.
A second study for finding Australia on the map may also ensue
as teacher/parents point out whereabouts of the publisher.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.