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The Wishing Ball

by Elisa Kleven

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Nellie the hungry cat is lonely and hopes someday for a warm place to live. Ernst the tender crocodile hopes that his sidewalk chalk drawing of a lion will come to life. Lucky for them both, Nellie meets a crafty crow who tries to play a trick on her by giving her a ball and telling her that it is a wish-giving star fallen from the sky. Nellie wishes so hard it sets off a chain of events that might make both their wishes come true! Elisa Kleven’s “The Wishing Ball” is a heart-warming tale about imagination and never giving up. Her lovely and detailed water-color, pastel, and collage drawings provide her characters with a colorful world filled with fishing bull dogs and guitar-playing leopards. Children will hold their breath and keep their fingers crossed for Nellie as she gets closer and closer to realizing her wishes. Parents will appreciate the lesson that though magic is hard to come by, sometimes friendship is all it requires to work! Recommended for ages 3-6. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374384495, Hardcover)


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 just what Nellie needs. When the ball bounces
out of her grasp, Nellie chases it into a faraway town, and one
by one, all of her wishes come true.

This is the story of a delightfully surprising chain of events,
with lively illustrations, a colorful cast of creatures, and hidden
details on every page.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:55 -0400)

A conniving crow convinces Nellie, a little cat, that his glittery rubber ball is a magical star which she can use to wish for a warm house, food, and a friend.

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