The Wishing of Biddy Malone by Joy Cowley

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To be sure, Biddy Malone is a singer and a dancer—though her dundering feet fall all over each other and her voice sounds like a rusty gate. Even her brothers’ teasing can’t stop her dancing.

And then one day, Biddy stumbles upon a faerie village, and meets a loveling so beautiful he takes her breath away. And when he asks to hear her three deepest wishes, she tells him every one. But all too soon, she learns that something gained for nothing has no value, and that wishes can only come true if you make them so yourself.

Beloved author Joy Cowley and brilliant illustrator Christopher Denise bring a spirited new heroine to life in this magical tale of light and love.


About Joy Cowley

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Cassia Joy Cowley is a New Zealand language and reading specialist. She was born on August 7, 1936, in Levin, New Zealand. She has written more than 500 books for beginning readers, many of which have been honored internationally. The Cheese Trap won the AIM Children's Book Award for Best Picture Book (1996) and Red-Eyed Tree Frog won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book (1999). She has won New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards for Best Junior Fiction for Ticket to the Sky Dance (1998) and Starbright and the Dream Eater (1999). The Mouse Bride (1998) is being produced as an animated program for New Zealand television. In 2002, Cowley was awarded the Roberta Long Medal, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham for culturally diverse children's literature. In 2004, she was awarded the A. W. Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature, and in 2010, she won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in the Fiction category. Susan Milord, who has written more than ten books fo children, says that IF I COULD was originally written as a gift to her mother on her seventy-fifth birthday. Susan Milord lives in Norwich, Vermont. Christopher Denise is the illustrator of OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY by Phyllis Root, a SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Published January 26, 2004 by Philomel. 40 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Biddy Malone loves to sing and to dance, but she’s not very good at either, and that makes her angry, “her temper being a fine fierce thing.” So one twilight she stomps out after her brothers’ teasing and finds a faerie village, where a loveling “with skin like an acorn and hair as soft as midnig...

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Amidst an evening's merriment, a handsome faerie boy (a "loveling") asks Biddy to name her three fondest wishes, which she gladly does (she wants to dance, sing and conquer her temper).

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