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The Wishing Tree

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A strange boy with red hair leads a birthday-girl and her companions on a hunt for the wishing tree which brings them many suprising and magical adventures.
Unknown Binding, 81 pages
Published January 1st 1968 by Chatto & Windus (first published 1927)
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Dec 29, 2011 s.penkevich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Faulkner collectors and literature fans with children
”On the night before your birthday if you get into bed left foot first and turn the pillow over before you go to sleep, anything might happen”So begins the magical, whimsical tale The Wishing Tree by none other than the great William Faulkner. Dulcie, a young girl, wakes on her birthday to find a mysterious stranger in her room who whisks her, the other children, the maid Alice, and a 92 year old man away on a magical adventure full of wishes come true. This rare book is actually quite good as f ...more
a short but good fairy tale that caught my attention for half an hour and fulfilled my need for some magic.
So, I visited the US Embassy Library and I had about an hour to kill, I found this book hidden among the other huge tomes by Faulkner, the book jacket description caught my attention: a rare story by the author, with various handmade editions, never before published, it was also a 1964 first edition hardcover book, and illustrated. To my dismay I found it was treated badly by whoever read it before me, as it had writing all over it, albeit with pencil... but some pages had basically the whole st ...more
Erica Bombardi
Edição primorosa, todo colecionador deveria ter.
A história é interessante, mas não funciona mais para nossas crianças. Gostei de ler pois é curtinha, mostra a cara do escritor em um momento de descontração (ele escrevia histórias infantis para presentear filhos de amigos. Meu filho mais velho teria odiado certamente, ele está na fase do presente = brinquedo), tem design nota 10.


Exquisite edition, every collector should have.
The story is interesting but no longer works for our children. I lik
I doubt you will find this on the bookshelves of children's libraries today. I found it stuck in with the other great Faulkner tomes in my local library. A short little read---if you will, a Southern Alice in Wonderland. Of course it is brilliant; isn't everything by Faulkner brilliant? This was the only children's book he ever wrote and it was personally written and bound for an eight year old for her birthday and never meant to be published. It is rare and out of print--you can still procure i ...more
Hard to follow. Seems like it has a pretty neat idea behind it but it was choppy and wasn't easy to get into the story at all.
Kaung Myat Han
Quite a short book. I managed to read it within a half hour give or take. I've never read books by the Nobel-Prize winning American author William Faulkner before. So, I decided to give it a try by picking up this short fairy-tale like story "The Wishing Tree". A nice read but mediocre at best though. Faulkner is best known for his stream of consciousness writing style in books like The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. He also wrote hundreds of short stories too. The best part of this book ...more
Brad Wojak
This is an odd little novella, and I waffled between 3 and 4 stars. Imagine if you will "Alice in Wonderland" retold by Faulkner, and you might come close to this book. I had no idea that Faulkner had writen a children's book, but once I found out, I headed to my local library to check this one out. It is a quick, and slightly disjointed read. If you are a Faulkner fan it's well worth a look.
John Stump
Seems like a poor rip off of Alice in Wonderland
What a wonderful, sweet, and inspiring story. Dulcie's birthday wish for an exciting day comes true with some lessons to carry her throughout many days more.
This is one of my favorite books, maybe because I got it when I was very little. Maybe it's the juxtaposition of fantasy and reality and wishful thinking.
Sort of the kind of kid's book you'd expect from Faulkner. Weird squinty children, purposeful deceit, comic abuse. Not particularly essential.
Kevin Lucia
Found this at a garage sale a few months ago. Very cute!
I can tell it was Faulkner who wrote it.

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William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl
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