Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Wilbur's Wish by Paula BeBe Murphy and Stella Maris Mongodi is a powerful and heartwarming story that celebrates the beauty of being different. The story takes place one beautiful summer when Jamie and her dogs meet a unique-looking sea creature by the beach who goes by the name of Wilbur. He has feathers on his head instead of ears, doesn’t have a tail, and has very small fins. He is crying when Jamie finds him, because he doesn’t have friends or family, and everyone is making fun of him. Wilbur then asks Jamie about the shiny things attached to her legs. Jamie explains that they are braces that help her stand and walk. Their meeting is the start of a beautiful friendship. Wilbur feels the warmth and sincerity in Jamie, and he feels that he is not being judged on account of his looks. Jamie thought that there might be others out there who feel that they don’t belong, and Wilbur will whisper bubbles of wishes into the ocean to find others like them.
Paula BeBe Murphy and Stella Maris Mongodi have created a touching story about acceptance and true friendship. It has an everlasting theme that I sincerely hope will make this storybook a classic. Wilbur’s Wish has impeccable timing. In an era when inclusion is among the pressing ideas that the world is embracing, this story will remind everyone about the reason behind it. Moreover, the gift of uniqueness reminds us that we are what we are, because even our flaws give us a distinct charm. The striking illustrations create an illusion of reality and engage you emotionally and intellectually. I highly recommend Wilbur’s Wish to parents, teachers, and kids as a great book.