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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Review: The Special Wish

It’s Finney’s birthday, and all his friends are scrambling to find the perfect gift for him, the one that will fulfill his “special wish.” It turns out that Finney’s wish isn’t something that can be bought in a store, but it is something that all of his friends have given him.

SpecialWish The Special Wish is one of four books in the Good News Express series from the Passkeys Foundation, a secular organization dedicated to providing materials focusing on character development. It’s a cute book with a simple message for the 3-5 crowd: friendship is more valuable than material possessions. The story is told simply, through simple language and colorful pictures. The book itself is made of quality paper with a hardcover binding, and comes with a cd containing alternating tracks of the book being read aloud and sing-a-long songs.

Overall, an attractive package that my young ones enjoyed having read to them for the first time. But, thankfully, not a book they continually ask me to read to them. There are books that we enjoy reading to our children over and over again. Some of them have messages, or “morals.” Some do not. But all of them have a special something, be it wonderfully crafted characters, breathtaking art, heart-felt laughs, or inspired prose that rewards us each time we flip through their pages. The Special Wish has a worthwhile message, but otherwise seems lacking in any of these other qualities. Or to put it another way, there’s nothing really to recommend this book over the thousands of others crowding the shelves of your local library or bookstore.

The Special Wish is available from the Passkeys Foundation for $7.50. Or purchase the four book Good News Express series for $20.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew review program. To read reviews by other homeschoolers of books from this series, click the banner below:

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