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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
J.C. Perry’s Wish Upon a Shooting Star opens the door between the real world and one some of us suspect exists. One cold evening, Lorna sees through her window the wonder of a star shooting across the sky, but what she wishes for more than anything is to have shared that experience with someone else. Then, as the snow begins to fall, she spies something down in the yard. When Lorna goes to take a closer look, she finds a puppy fast asleep in the snow. After covering the puppy with a blanket from her bed and leaving it a bowl of food, Lorna goes to bed herself. After school the next day, she discovers a surprising invitation where the puppy lay sleeping!
With Wish Upon a Shooting Star, J.C. Perry has created a rhyming story begging to be read aloud. In this adventure, Lorna’s wish for a new friend comes true but not how she was expecting. Of course, these kinds of fulfilled wishes often are the best! The accompanying pictures, drawn by the author in pastel colors, are simple and charming, reminding young readers of a coloring book but in a good way. The pictures also mesh perfectly with this story of a young girl whose act of kindness saves a life and how she is shown gratitude. Of course, no expectation is implied that those who are kind will be rewarded. However, new friendships come from unexpected meetings, and the effect of this story will satisfy both the reader and whoever may be listening.