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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Christmas in July! The Plumber and the Wishing Well by Liam Maher, with artwork by Gin May


The Plumber and the Wishing Well, by Liam Maher and illustrated by Gin May, is a lovely Christmas-themed book.  The plumber wants to buy special Christmas gifts for his children, but he’s lost his job.  His trusty bird friend, Tupo Hoopoe, offers to help him and seeks Oracle Owl’s wise advice.  Friend Owl tells of a secret hidden wishing well in the forest.  There Tupo Hoopoe observes an elf, a fairy, and a leprechaun, all seeking wishes from the well.  Sadly, the well is broken!  Tupo Hoopoe quickly crafts an ingenious plan to help the plumber and aid the three magical creatures, too.

Gin May’s beautiful and expressive artwork gives us plenty to see and enjoy as the story unfolds.  We're anxious to find out how the plumber’s problem is solved by his helping the three magical beings get their wishes.  The ending is satisfying and rewarding to all.

This could have been a formulaic story with the plumber saving the day, being richly rewarded, and then living happily ever after.  I’m glad Liam Maher thought to put in a lesson on sharing, since we want children to learn generosity as well as problem solving.  Thanks for an entertaining story that uplifts and puts us all in the Christmas spirit. 

Available from Guardian Angel Publishing, http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com

10 comments:

  1. The cover is a read draw for me, and the book sounds like fun. Congrats to both Liam and Gin for a delightful child's book.

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    1. Thanks, Margot, it's a lovely book. It would make a nice Christmas gift. Very cleverly done. Blessings to you.

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  2. Don't you just love the art work in this book Penelope? The book has everything; great pictures, good story, lessons to live by, and all around entertainment. I wish Liam all the best. Great review Penelope.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, I agree it's a great book and should do well as a read aloud for home or school, and also a well-received Christmas present. Thanks for your supportive comments.

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  3. Fun topic and such gorgeous art work. Thanks, Penelope, for this review!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, it's a lovely book. So nice to hear from you.

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  4. Thanks Penelope for a great review. It will be very beneficial when promoting this book. Also thanks to all the others here for their supportive comments.

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    1. Hi Liam, You're very welcome. It's really a special book. All the best to you.

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  5. I love the names in this book. Cute idea to review it in July too. Here in the Midwest, we could us a little Christmas weather in July!!! :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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