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The Wishing Ball
by Elisa Kleven
Nellie is a stray cat who wishes she had a house to live in,
warm meals, and a best friend. When a crafty crow overhears
her wishing, he decides to play a trick on her for his own
amusement - which is how Nellie ends up putting all her faith
in a rubber ball she believes to be a magic star that grants
wishes. But even though it's not a magic star, the rubber ball
turns out to be ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jan 11, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
I love this author-illustrator’s art, and I did in this book too. For quite a while the story didn’t grab me, even when Ernst the crocodile from previous books shows up, I just wasn’t engaged. And, there was nothing brilliant about the story, but, finally, I did get a bit of a chuckle when Nellie and Ernst found their own way to get their wishes fulfilled. It’s a sweet finding a home and finding a friend story, though not particularly memorable. As always, I enjoy Kleven’s art, especially the wa ...more
My 5-year old loves stories where someone is sad, lonely, abandoned, etc and who meets a friend who takes them in. This story is exactly that. A cat is sad and lonely, a crow tries to trick him, the cat ends up meeting a crocodile friend, and they live together after that. She really liked this.
Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 childrens picture books. Favorites with children and adults alike, Elisa's books have received awards and honors from the American Library Association, The New York Times , The Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Her pictures from Abuela are part of a traveling show organized by the Minne ...moreMore about Elisa Kleven...