One such day, Molly has a chance encounter with a blue, elf-like character named Unwanted. Molly remembers the stories that Mary Wordsmith (The Weaver) had "weaved" about Unwanted and about how he granted her wish to "weave a yarn as beautiful as her mother." Before Molly can ask Unwanted any further questions, they are interrupted by the other children and Unwanted disappears.
Will Molly get another chance to talk with Unwanted? Such an opportunity does arise outside Molly’s house at the well. Her wish is that her family would be nice to her, but her actual words, "I wish my Mom and my sisters would just say what they mean." Is Molly’s wish granted the way she wants? Will her mother and sisters eventually treat her with kindness?
Anyone who enjoys Cinderella will also enjoy this book. "The Wishing Well" is a good book about how we should be careful with our words and the use of them. It also can generate great conversations between parents and their children about how words can hurt and once they are said you can’t take they back.
There is one chapter in the book, however, that I feel is not appropriate for the younger end of targeted age group of 8-12 year olds. Chapter 17 describes Molly "weaving" a tale about her older sister Eva that can actually give the impression that it’s okay to lie if the end justifies the means. More importantly, she "weaves" a story with a very sexual implication. There is also a mention of wine & beer being served at dinner in an earlier chapter. I would advise parents to read this book themselves to decide if it is appropriate before giving it to their children to read.
Overall, the book is good. I did not enjoy it as much as Ms. Strand’s first book, "The Weaver." However, if given the opportunity, I will read the other books in her series. (reviewed by P.Howard)
About The Wishing Well: Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.
Book info: Guardian Angel Publishing ISBN Number(s): hardcover 978-1616333010 Softcover 978-1616333027 Publication Date: July 24, 2012 Genre: Juvenile Fantasy
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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary softcover copy of The Weaver was provided by World Of Ink Network on behalf of the author and publisher.