Wilhelmina's Wish

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2019
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Author Biography

Have you ever felt like you didn't like something about yourself?
This is why I wrote this book. I want kids to know that they are made perfectly the way they are, and it's important for them to love themselves as they are. Building self confidence early is so important, and I believe this story will help encourage that.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Sometimes it’s hard to accept who we are and what we look like. Wilhelmina is a pretty little fairy. But she’s different. She has only one eyebrow that stretches across her forehead. It’s heavy and makes flying difficult. And all the other young fairies laugh at her. All she wants is to be and to look like all the other young fairies. She tries to trim the eyebrow in the middle, so that it looks like two, but it just grows back. Her mother tries sprinkling sparkles on it to make it glitter, but it doesn’t hide the single bushy brow and it doesn’t make it any lighter. She still can’t fly very well with that heavy weight on her forehead. Meeting a friendly, blind owl, she learns something very important: that beauty is found deep within a person, in their hearts, not in their visual appearance.

Lisa Reinicke’s picture book story, Wilhelmina’s Wish, touches on a difficult topic, not just for children, but for people of all ages. We all tend to judge ourselves by our appearances. And we believe that others also judge us by how we look. But the author’s wise old owl, blind as he is, puts things into proper perspective. The heart contains our true beauty. How kind and thoughtful we are as human beings defines us, not our visual characteristics, not our appearance. The story is told in rhyming verse, and the plot develops well in a manner that suits a young reader. The colorful illustrations are delightful and help move the story along. A simple story with a powerful message.

Peggy Scott

Wilhelmina's Wish is a touching book of why sometimes the best things we have are right in front of our face, but it takes someone else's tragedy to make us grateful for what we have. When we are younger, friends or peers can be very hurtful about things that are different from them. A mother's love is always there to protect us, but it takes someone older, wiser to make everything better. A wonderful story to teach the importance of acceptance.
Lovely written and illustrated. The "unibrow" is so cute and yet annoying at the same time!