Written by: Kathleen Gauer
Illustrated by: Sari Richter
This is a fun tale of two elves, Fay and Eddie, who are very hard workers but still find it difficult to be content with what they have in life. With the help of some magic they find out the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The illustrations in this book are very detailed and sure to leave your child telling you to not turn the page as they study the mythical creatures and tiny figurines before you continue on with the story.
Here are some questions to get your minds thinking, after you read this book as a family: (as always, adjust the questions as needed for the age range in your household):
1. Would you rather be the carver or the painter?
2. Which carving on the table would you want to buy?
3. What would you carve with the magical knife?
4. Which illustration is your favorite and why?
5. What would you miss most about your home?
6. There are a lot of different fantasy characters in the illustrations, which is your favorite?
7. What do you think the frogs will do with the magical carving knife?
8. Do you know what the saying “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side” means?
Faye and Eddie soon found out that they appreciated the life that they had. When all their wildest dreams came true, it wasn’t everything they imagined it would be. Living in a castle wasn’t as glamorous as they had hoped, that life came with its own set of problems and they quickly realized they missed their old life and the peaceful days they actually enjoyed. This is a great opportunity to discuss the things you are thankful in life and would miss if they were gone, even though you may complain about them from time to time. For example, as a parent, it may get frustrating having toys all around they house, but someday you will miss having the reminders of your little ones that brighten up life. As a child you can point out they should be thankful they get to clean up their room, or pick up their toys, as that means they have toys to pick up.
You can purchase this wonderful book here: The Wish Carvers
It’s more than a book. . . it’s a childhood experience to be treasured for a lifetime.