The Secret Wish


Written by: Shelley Davidow

Illustrations by: Carol Liknaitzky

Educator Resource: Children’s Fiction
Grades: 3-4
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Published: September, 2014
ISBN: 9781931061513
Pages: 128
Size: 5.5 x 8.5


Author Biography:

Shelley Davidow was born in South Africa where she grew up. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults including the acclaimed adult non-fiction book, Raising Stress-Proof Kids, (Exisle books 2014). Previously, her young adult novel In the Shadow of Inyangani was a nominee in the Macmillan/Picador BBC World’s Writer’s Prize for Africa in 2002. One of her passions lies in creating engaging texts for beginning readers so that the wonderful world of books and stories is immediately accessible…she aims to foster confidence and a love of reading from the start.

About the Illustrator:

Carol Liknaitzky has parented five children and is the grandmother of four. She is an educator, development consultant, creative artist and illustrator. She has wide experience in child development and child rights, and has taught in Waldorf/Steiner early childhood settings and in high schools. She co-founded the first Waldorf/Steiner teacher training college in South Africa in 1985 and was the founder of several non-profit children’s centers and community arts projects in Johannesburg. She now lives in Australia. She teaches at Victoria University’s School of Education in Music, Play & Development and Inclusive Practice and leads the Nourishing Early Childhood Course at the Steiner Seminar in Melbourne.

This adventure story is the final Chapter book in this series of Early Readers. Josh discovers that his favorite characters (a tiny boy and girl) have escaped the pages of his book and are alive and real in his room.  What follows is a series of adventures, mischief and mishaps as the two tiny kids make Josh part of their world.  Sliding slugs, crazy crickets and darting fish are quite a challenge to the two characters and to Josh, who often has to come to the rescue and who ultimately finds himself being written into his favorite book.  This book focuses on the consonant blends of qu, she, th, wh, gl, pl, sl, bl, pl, gr, tr, and more.

1 review for The Secret Wish

  1. Cathy

    “The true secret of The Secret Wish is that it is such a joy to read, children will never know that they are learning the otherwise dreary business of consonant blends – an essential step in the mastery of reading skills.        Dr. Gary Crew, Program Leader, Creative Writing, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. 

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