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A delightful picture book loosely based upon the Charles Dickens story" The Magic Fishbone." When Molly's fairy godmother tells her that she will find a magic fishbone that will grant her but one wish, all her brothers and sisters want to know what Molly will wish for. There are many things Molly would like, and so many ways in which a wish would come in handy, but she decA delightful picture book loosely based upon the Charles Dickens story" The Magic Fishbone." When Molly's fairy godmother tells her that she will find a magic fishbone that will grant her but one wish, all her brothers and sisters want to know what Molly will wish for. There are many things Molly would like, and so many ways in which a wish would come in handy, but she decides to wait until she knows exactly what she wants. Enchanting, old-fashioned illustrations depict a wondrous nineteenth-century London alive with elegantly clad cats, pigs, goats, birds, and other two- and four-legged creatures in Barbara McClintock's delightful reminder that patience and practicality are rewarded....

Title : Molly and the Magic Wishbone
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ISBN : 9780374349998
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Molly and the Magic Wishbone Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-24 04:47

    I really liked the message of this story. Molly gets her magic wishbone that will grant her one wish--at first, her siblings suggest she wish for silly things (she does not). Then, they ask her to use it to fix things that go wrong (i.e., a broken bowl) but she instead uses her own resourcefulness to fix things. She saves her wish for something truly out of her hands. I only gave the book four stars because, for me, the images were a bit odd at times -- the cat heads just seemed too big to come out of the little, fitted dresses, etc. But, others might find this aspect charming. These illustrations also seemed to have a bit more of an English/London style than some of McClintock's other, France-based art.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-14 05:47

    I just love Barbara McClintock's books, and she’s now a Goodreads member author. I’ve read only some of her books but I enjoyed all I’ve read so far: Adèle & Simon and Adèle & Simon in America are probably my two favorites but I also loved Dahlia, The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle, Mary and the Mouse, The Mouse and Mary (illustrated by), and When Mindy Saved Hanukkah (illustrated by). Now, I really like this book too, and I’m looking forward to reading other already published and to be published books by this author.This one it took me a bit of time to get used to the illustrations of the dressed cats and dressed other animals, but I ended up enjoying them (especially the ones that take place outside and that show the snow) and the British Dickens theme.The story is loosely based on Dickens’ story of The Magic Fish-Bone, and here it’s a very enjoyable tale for both children and adults. I think it’s a wonderful message that a “one wish” should be saved for when you truly need it/want something badly and can’t get it for yourself.I loved Molly and her younger siblings. Usually with stories like these I always yearn for the wish to bring something more than it does, but in this case, Molly’s original wish is nowhere near as good as her eventual wish that she asks for and receives, so I didn’t mind a bit and didn’t feel as though the wish was wasted at all. I appreciated Molly’s resourcefulness in taking care of things instead of wishing for someone else to fix them, and her patience and thoughtfulness, and how it all worked out. I also really loved this particular Fairy Godmother and how she managed to give some extras when she fulfilled the wish.

  • Shawn Thrasher
    2019-05-02 05:34

    The story is a gentler, sweeter version of Charles Dicken's fairy tale (although his fairy tale is still really gentle), a tale retold lovingly by Barbara McClintock, but even more lovingly rendered. Her illustrations of cats and dogs and ravens and lions and other animals in Victorian costume walking the streets of Dickensian London are a joy. Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are just around the corner (as are the riverfolk and gentry gentlemen of The Wind in the Willows and Mr. and Mrs. Beaver from Narnia). A perfectly sweet, quiet little bed time story.

  • Kim Barth
    2019-05-02 05:45

    This book is a fantasy story loosely based on a book by Charles Dickens. Molly finds a magic wishbone, and she and her sisters spend a long time trying to decide what Molly should wish for. They argue over many possibilities, until suddenly Molly finds out that one of her sisters has wandered into the city and gotten lost. She quickly wishes to have her sister home again. This story highlights the importance of family members and of being careful what you wish for.

  • Loreal
    2019-05-17 12:44

    Yet another wonderful book by Barbara McClintock. This one is a retelling of Dicken's "The Magic Fish-Bone". Like all McClintock's work, it is magically and skillfully illustrated with a story that interests me as well as my 3 year old. She never 'dumbs-down' her work though it is intended for 3-6 year olds. Highly recommended.

  • Dolly
    2019-05-16 10:44

    This is a wonderful tale about making wishes based on a Dickens fable. The story certainly has a Victorian feel and the illustrations are old fashioned and charming with the anthropomorphic animals. I liked that Molly is not willing to waste her special wish on frivolous things or for things that she could make happen through her own ingenuity. We enjoyed reading this book together.

  • The Brothers
    2019-05-12 11:37

    A little girl kitten receives a magical wishbone from her fairy godmother. Throughout the story she ponders what she should wish for. In the end, she realizes what is most important and wishes for that.Detailed, engaging illustrations.

  • George
    2019-05-16 04:37

    Who hasn't spent time in their youth discussing with friends or siblings what would you wish for if you had Molly's good fortune?! I love the sweet characters, that my little boy kept wondering about how the mother was doing, and Barbara McClintock's excellent writing (once again)!

  • Kari
    2019-05-18 10:42

    I love McClintocks illustrations, and I felt that the animals dressed in clothing worked better here than in the Gingerbread Man, because it was consistently animals. Kids felt the build up of tension in the read-aloud.

  • Brooke
    2019-05-14 04:49

    this is one of my favorite books because molly has one wish and she uses it on her little sister.

  • Suki
    2019-04-25 04:34

    Rated by a 5yo

  • Lisa
    2019-05-12 11:49

    A great story and great illustrations. If I ever find a copy, I'm going to buy it, but it's out of print and really hard to find.

  • Alfajirikali
    2019-05-06 07:32

    The illustrations are delightful. The story is a bit sappy, but sweet.

  • Amy
    2019-05-03 07:25

    Bea has got a thing against animal characters with people hands...

  • Andrea Wilkinson
    2019-05-03 08:41

    Very sweet story with charming illustrations and characters. The 1st and 2nd grade students I read this to enjoyed it very much.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-04 08:46

    The beautiful pictures of this cat family set the story solidly during the Victorian era. The story is well-written and heartwarming.

  • Kaethe
    2019-05-22 04:33

    The proportions of the critters are a little disturbing in their clothes, but I enjoy the Victoriana. Certainly, this story suits it well. There's even a book in the window by Dickens.