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Ella May and the Wishing Stone

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Genevieve Cote

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published: Feb 2014
ISBN:9781770494107
publisher: Tundra
Description

When Ella May finds a smooth stone with a line going all-all-all the way around it, she is convinced it has magical powers. Surely such a stone will grant wishes, she thinks. But when her friends want to join in the fun, Ella May says that the stone is too special. Slowly she comes to realize that keeping the stone all to herself is a sure way to lose friends. By using her imagination, Ella May finds a way to make everyone's wishes come true-including her own.

About the Authors

Cary Fagan has won the Vicky Metcalf Award, the Jewish Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, and his books have been nominated for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, the Silver Birch Award, the Norma Fleck Award and the Rocky Mountain Book Award. He is the author of several popular short novels and picture books, including Danny, Who Fell in a Hole and A Cage Went in Search of a Bird (illustrated by Banafsheh Erfanian). The Old World, his recent collection of adult short stories, was published by Anansi in March 2017.

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Cary Fagan has won the Vicky Metcalf Award, the Jewish Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, and his books have been nominated for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, the Silver Birch Award, the Norma Fleck Award and the Rocky Mountain Book Award. He is the author of several popular short novels and picture books, including Danny, Who Fell in a Hole and A Cage Went in Search of a Bird (illustrated by Banafsheh Erfanian). The Old World, his recent collection of adult short stories, was published by Anansi in March 2017.

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Contributor Notes

CARY FAGAN is an award-winning author of several books for adults and children. His work has garnered the Toronto Book Award, the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction, the Mr. Christie Silver Medal, as well as two Silver Birch Honor Book Awards. His recent picture books include Ella May and the Wishing Stone, Thing-Thing, My New Shirt, and Ten Old Men and a Mouse. He has authored the popular series about the devilish Kaspar Snit - The Fortress of Kaspar Snit, Directed by Kaspar Snit, and Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit - as well as the adventurous Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas. Cary Fagan lives in Toronto.

Geneviève Côté has won many awards and honors, including the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award. Her art has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and L'actualité, as well as in a number of children's books, including Noni Says No and her own Me and You and What Elephant? Geneviève Côté lives in Montreal.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Review

“…Fagan believably captures the delicate balance of friendship in the very young and lets the story play out with welcome complexity. Côté's illustrations are simple without being cartoonish, demonstrating the same warm understanding of childhood. Thoughtful and Touching”
Kirkus Reviews
 
 “…Cary Fagan… does a great job here with both the fun, engaging story, and the fine tricks of repetition and structure that make Ella May and the Wishing Stone ideal for early reader. Geneviève Côté’s watercolour illustrations are lively and simple, focusing on the kids themselves and hewing closely to the narrative…. The net result is an original and imaginative treatment of one of the hardest lessons of early childhood –sharing –in a colourful package that’s likely to charm kids and adults alike.”
Quill & Quire

“Côté’s…illustrations drive the story along with light and expressive outlines and wash effects… children won’t have any difficulty following the action, and they’ll recognize Ella’s conflicting impulses.”
—Publishers Weekly

“…the little girl uses her imagination to reconnect with her friends, and realizes that they are far more important than wishes. Ultimately, she is able to grant everyone’s wishes, including her own.”
The Waterloo Region Record

“…The charming drawings by Geneviève Côté depict a late summer’s day on the sidewalk. It’s easy to forgive Ella May when she finally comes to her senses and realizes that friends are much more important than possessions….”
Montreal Review of Books

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Ella May and the Wishing Stone

The importance of nurturing and maintaining friendships threads its way through Ella May and the Wishing Stone. Ella May has returned from the beach with a treasure – an ordinary rock with a narrow white band encircling it. She brags to her friends, “It’s a wishing stone... Now all my dreams will come true.” As she demonstrates the rock’s apparently magical powers, her audience fails to realize that her wishes are announced only after they have already happened. The illusion excites everyone so much that they all clamour to hold the wondrous item. “Oh no. It’s too special,” says Ella May. Not to be deterred, the playmates now search for their own special stones, only to have their enthusiasm dampened when their selections are ridiculed outright. Ella May soon finds herself very much alone. Realizing the error of her ways, she yearns for companionship again. Through sheer ingenuity, Ella May finds a way to grant everyone’s wish, including her own.

Author Cary Fagan has written an insightful tale about the importance of fostering friendship through sharing and treating others with respect. Aptly described is the range of Ella May’s emotions from joy and a sense of empowerment to loneliness and regret. Readers will recognize the dilemna our heroine finds herself in: “I wish I could have my friends back... I wish I didn’t even have this old wishing stone.” A difficult lesson learned – “Be careful what you wish for!”

Geneviève Côté’s digital illustrations have a light and energetic style that sets the scene for a memorable summer day. The cartoonlike characters, though simple in outline, have expressive faces conveying their inner thoughts.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2011. Volume 34 No. 4.

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Ella May and the Wishing Stone

Ella May finds a stone with a line going all-all-all the way around it and is convinced it’s magical. When her friends want to join in on the fun and make wishes with her, Ella May objects. She soon learns that keeping the stone and the wishes all to herself isn’t as much fun as sharing.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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