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If You Could Make A Single Wish, What Would You Wish For Would You Ask For Something That Would Transform Your Own Life, Or Would You Try To Take The Needs Of Your Family Into Consideration Too A Humble Woodcutter Faces This Very Dilemma When He Rescues A Faerie One Day In The Woods With Different Appeals From His Wife, Mother And Father, As Well As His Own Desires, The Woodcutter Is Torn Between Four Choices And Must Make A Decision That Will Change His Life Forever This book caught my eye It s about a man who is given a faerie gift, but can t decide if he should wish for a child for his wife and he, sight for his mother, or money to get them out of poverty The ending Well, I expected some didactic message or something heartwarming But nope it made me laugh out loud. When a poor woodcutter rescues a faerie from a hawk, he is rewarded with one magical wish Should he ask for the child for which he and his wife have been longing Should he ask for his old mother s sight to be restored Or should he follow his father s advice, and ask for gold Which is the worst childlessness, blindness, or poverty Luckily, a falling star provides the woodcutter with the inspiration he needs, in order to make the right choiceBased upon a traditional Irish tale related to the author by storyteller Eibhis De Barra on the Cape Clear Island, this story seems to be fairly widespread in Ireland, with this example from the far south paralleling such northern examples as Just One Choice found in the recent collection, The King with Horse s Ears and Other Irish Folktales , in which an Antrim farmer is faced with a similar choice, when the seals of the Giant s Causeway grant him a wish Batt s engaging narrative is paired with Nicoletta Ceccoli s luminous acrylic and oil paintings in The Faerie s Gift, creating an appealing picture book sure to please young fairy tale lovers. Categories Genres Traditional Folk TaleEstimate of Age Level of Interest Gr 1 5 Estimate of Reading Level Not availableBrief Description The Faerie s Gift is based on an Irish folktale in which the poor woodcutter saves a faerie leprechaun in the woods He is given one wish, but when he returns home everyone in his family has a different idea of what he should wish for His mother wants her sight, his father wants wealth, his wife wants a baby The woodcutter goes for a long walk in the woods to think, despairing that he cannot make everyone happy His solution is indeed a brilliant conclusion to this wonder tale Two Characteristics of This Genre and How They Appear in the Book 1 This folktale reflects its Irish origins The soft and beautiful illustrations by Italian artist Nicoletta Ceccoli have a dreamy and magical quality that lend themselves well to the story, though in some ways may overly shelter children from the grim reality of the family s poverty The theme provides children with insight and encouragement in how to deal with the competing needs of all the members of their family 2 The plot is simple and direct The language is also But the poor woodcutter had only the one wish What should he choose Suddenly that one wonderful wish seemed to him nothing but a heavy burden You can almost hear the Irish lilt in the cadence of the narrative How the Book Serves Its Intended Audience This book is relatable to poor rural children who easily connect to the woodcutter s dilemma A long walk in the woods is a wonderful model of how to face a thorny problem Children will appreciate the woodcutters creative solution in which everyone wins This is a great book for discussing Celtic traditions, and on a universal level, family issues Awards NALinks to Published Review from .com This fairy tale has been told throughout many cultures, but with its Irish twist, the magic in this version cannot be denied School Library Journal, 2003 Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Ceccoli s luminous pictures are expertly rendered in acrylic and oil pastels Their unusual perspectives, elements of fantasy, and ethereal quality complement the story s magical theme Compare this with other wish fulfillment tales, or have kids write their own story with themselves in the woodcutter s role Booklist, Lauren Peterson A charming story of generosity and patience.