THE WISHING WELL, ANOTHER WEAVER TALE (Review)
By Kai Strand
One of my favorite stories when I was younger (and even today) is the tale of Cinderella and her two despicable sisters. I love how in the end Cinderella wins the love of the handsome prince, while her sisters and stepmother get what I feel like they deserved.
Author Kai Strand’s novel, THE WISHING WELL, ANOTHER WEAVER TALE, written for middle grade/tween readers, tells the story of a girl named Molly and her two sisters, Hannah and Eva, who treat Molly much the same way that Cinderella’s sisters treated her. Poor Molly’s life is constant cooking for a mother she can never please, doing the laundry for all of them, and cleaning the already spotless house. If her friend, Riddle, did not help Molly, she’d never have time for herself, to attend school or to paint. The girls live with their mother, Gert, in the town of The Tales. Gert’s plan is to snag a good husband for her daughter Eva and one for Hannah as well.
One day, Molly meets Unwanted, an ugly blue creature from the first book in the series, THE WEAVER. He grants Molly a wish. It doesn’t turn out quite the way she had hoped, however. Or does it?
The tales the characters weave about the events occurring in their lives are a charming part of the book. Kai Strand has written a story that would make a great addition to school libraries as well as individual classrooms. I can picture this book as one the class would read together since it would make for an interesting discussion about being careful what you wish for and also that people are not always what they seem. This would make a great Christmas gift for young readers in your family or that you know. Enjoy.