"Star light, star bright, first
star I've seen tonight. I wish I may I wish I might, have the wish
I wish tonight." Have you ever wished that your brother would turn into
a pig? Well, 11-year-old Louise Tolliver did and she got her wish.
Willie turned into a great big sow with sky blue eyes. Louise tries
to undo her wish, but only makes matters worse. The Sheriff is asking
questions about Willie's disappearance, Louise's mother doesn't know what
to do and Louise's father is missing too. Life for Louise and her
mother gets very complicated and they have to figure out how to undo everything
on the first clear evening with a new moon. But the weather report
says it's going to rain. How will Louise see the first star so that
she can make her wish? What does the owl that sits in the tree next
to the house have to do with this story? Read
Wishes, Kisses and
Pigs by Betsy Hearne to find out what happens and remember: be careful
what you wish for. (New
Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee, 2003))
Wishes can be very powerful,
especially when you wish on the first star you see at night. Louise
is so annoyed with her brother Willie that she calls him a pig just as
she makes a wish on a star. The next moment her portly, blond-haired, blue-eyed
brother disappears in the trees. At dinner her mother misses her
son; skipping dinner is something that Willie just never does. Coincidentally,
a new pig runs out of the woods, a big white one with blue eyes just like
Willie’s. What should Louise do? How can she undo a wish once it
is made? (Jean Bellavance email@example.com
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)
“What if a wish you shouldn’t
have wished actually came true?” That’s what happens in Wishes, Kisses,
and Pigs by Betsey Hearne.
Eleven-year-old Louise Tolliver didn’t mean to do it! It was an accident!
“Star light, star bright, first star I’ve seen tonight. I wish I may, I
wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.”
Her brother Willie made her mad. That’s why she said it. That’s why she
called him a pig—and then Willie just disappeared.
Louise and her Mama looked all over for him, but he was no where to be
It was bad enough that Louise’s daddy, Jack, has been missing for seven
years and Mama and the children have had to manage on the farm by themselves.
Now Willie was missing, too. He wasn’t the kind who would just run
Sheriff Tod Watkins didn’t take it very seriously. After all boys
will be boys, and the sheriff knew that Willie was sweet on his niece,
Then the new pig came to the Tolliver’s farm and he had sky blue eyes,
just like Willie’s. Louise and her Mama began to suspect the truth.
Louise didn’t mean to turn her brother into a pig! Maybe she could
wish him back again. But wishes sometimes go astray and in Tolliver’s Hollow,
strange things sometimes happen.
Louise learns that you should be careful what you wish for because sometimes
wishes do come true. Can she find away to bring Willie back?
(Alice Brice, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information
Science, University of South Carolina, firstname.lastname@example.org)