Has your child ever made a wish--a wish from the bottom of his
heart that consumes his every thought? If so, this is the perfect
story to read with your child, and he just might learn that wishing
is not all it's cracked up to be.
Jason, the main character, is playing pirates with his pet parakeet,
Sonny, when the blare of an ambulance siren startles the bird and
causes him to fly out the window. Instead of praying, Jason wishes
for his parakeet's safe return every morning when the clock strikes
11:11, every afternoon by tossing a penny into a fountain, and
every night by wishing upon the brightest star. When his mother
finds out about all of his wishing, she encourages him to pray
instead. Miraculously, his parakeet returns the very next morning!
I was drawn to A Wish and a Prayer when I saw the parakeet
on the cover. My family owned several parakeets during my childhood,
so I thought this would be a neat story to share with my five-year-old
daughter. She enjoyed the story, and we've added it to our paperback
basket in the living room.
I can relate to A Wish and a Prayer's main character,
Jason, because I too lost a parakeet as a child. Unfortunately
my own story didn't end so well. When we got to the part of the
story when Jason's prayer was answered, my daughter pointed out
that God doesn't always answer our prayers. Her statement led to
a very important discussion about God and prayer. I love it when
life lessons can be discussed and taught naturally through everyday
activities, affording me the opportunity to build character and
pass down Godly wisdom to my children!
A Wish and a Prayer is a 27-page softcover recommended
for children between the ages of 4 and 8. It's a great book for
teaching children the difference between wishing and praying. You
can purchase the book for $10.99 directly from the publisher by
Although the book can be purchased from several other stores, the
publisher's site offered the best price.