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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Honeybear is a little red-gold Chihuahua. This was her day, the day she would sprout her full-grown wings and be able to fly everywhere. Her sister, Murp, was hoping to get her wings too. It only happened at sunrise, as the sun rose and warmed the tiny sprouts on their backs, making them blossom into full-grown wings. Everyone wished the sisters “Happy Day”. And it would have been a happy day had they both sprouted their wings. But not poor Honeybear. Murp got her wings and flew off with their mother, leaving the dejected Honeybear to wallow in her sorrows. Sadness and anger mixed together and Honeybear ran away from the den she called home. She met all kinds of creatures, including a wishing turtle who granted her a wish which she hoped would come true, but really taught her the importance of believing in herself and, in so doing, that anything is possible. She also met another wingless Chihuahua who taught Honeybear how to swim. Honeybear didn’t get her wings that day, but she did learn some very valuable and important lessons.
Sheri McClure-Pitler’s easy-reader fantasy story, The Fairy Dogmother, Book 1 – Honeybear’s Wish: A Read-Aloud Storybook Adventure for Grown-ups and Kids, is all about the trials and tribulations of growing up and coming of age. We all develop and learn at different paces. Not everyone can do the same things at the same age. Difficult lessons to learn, but we must learn to accept who we are at any given time and appreciate what we can do instead of what we wish we could do. The plot develops as Honeybear learns these important lessons and finds happiness in spite of not having her wings – yet. The characters, all animal characters, are delightfully developed and the names are well-chosen. Kandu, who certainly can do lots of things, is the wingless Chihuahua who teaches Honeybear the importance of enjoying life for what it offers and to accept the things one can do. “Way I see it, if you spend too much time worryin’ ‘bout what you can’t do, you’ll never get around to findin’ out what you can do!” The illustrations add to the story. A delightful read for all ages.