All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books,, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.

61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. More

      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:


Author: David Villanueva, Jr.

Illustrator: Edmundo Sanchez

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: A Better Be Write Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: When blowing out the candles, Caleb, a disabled child, had one wish for his birthday: he wanted to fly. When he reached for two balloons, he stated his wish again, and then magical things happened. This is a picture book fantasy about a boy's wish coming true.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 13

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler/kindergartener likes this book. We have read it several times and each time s/he watches the events unfold with rapt attention. For about a week now, s/he has pulled this from the shelf as one of the books to read before bed.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story has a nice premise, though I doubt kids will understand the "was it a dream or did it really happen" ending. We are amazed at our child's interest in the book, as it is rather wordy given the premise.

Pros: Families looking for stories featuring kids with disabilities will find this book a nice fit. Kids love birthdays and a story where wishes come true will engage their imagination. The activity pages offer something for everyone in each level of the target audience: picture games and word games.

Cons: The pages are VERY busy. Although there is a fair bit of dialogue, it is all put together in single paragraphs per page. When you combine that with the bright, detailed illustrations, it can get annoying.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story is creative and has some fun elements. It just isn't one we can recommend for a permanent library collection.

If You Liked This Book, Try:

Educational Themes: There are several ways to explore the story, with or without highlighting Caleb's disability: the fun of dreaming, celebrating a birthday, using one's imagination.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, health, illness, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed:

Other Reviews:


Copyright © 2003 - 2018. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.