The Wishing Ball (Hardcover)

By Elisa Kleven

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374384494, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Japanese (11/30/2007)

List Price: 16.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

Nellie is a stray cat who wishes she had a house to live in,
warm meals, and a best friend. When a crafty crow overhears
her wishing, he decides to play a trick on her for his own
amusement - which is how Nellie ends up putting all her faith
in a rubber ball she believes to be a magic star that grants
wishes. But even though it's not a magic star, the rubber ball
turns out to be just what Nellie needs. When the ball bounces
out of her grasp, Nellie chases it into a faraway town, and one
by one, all of her wishes come true.

This is the story of a delightfully surprising chain of events,
with lively illustrations, a colorful cast of creatures, and hidden
details on every page.



About the Author

ELISA KLEVEN is the author and illustrator of many books for

children and most recently illustrated "The Whole Green World"

by Tony Johnston. She lives in Albany, California.


Praise For The Wishing Ball

"Enhanced by the vivid watercolor, ink, and cut-paper illustrations that lend warmth to the story." -- School Library Journal

"Immensely satisfying." --Booklist

"Kleven's colors are bright and cheerful, her characters are charmingly expressive and her brushstrokes are lively and energetic." --Kirkus Reviews