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