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Wish

Wish

An adaptation in narrative verse of a children’s fantasy tale, ‘The Rose-Coloured Wish’ (1923) by Florence Bone (1875–1971), ‘Wish’ is a timeless story that weaves adventure, humour and vivid characterisation into a subtle moral tale.

Farmers in their alpine valley are haunted by Fængler, a cunning old enchanter, who ruins their lives by using an ancient wishing chain of powerful stones to spoil crops and steal children, cows and goats.

Young Berwald and his sister Clara set out, without their parents knowing, to climb into the next valley, seize the chain, free their neighbourhood of fear, and wish for whatever they want. But they soon learn that the wild world beyond their home is full of strange forces – some good, some dark and twisted – and almost every wish they make adds new complications and disagreements.

Who can rescue them from this fearful and dangerous adventure? Before Adam, their angry and worried father, can reach them, he must learn to follow seemingly useless leads, and to listen carefully to the tale that lies behind the villain’s bitterness.

A timeless fantasy tale given new life and enchantment in this vivid retelling in verse.

An adaptation in narrative verse of a children’s fantasy tale, ‘The Rose-Coloured Wish’ (1923) by Florence Bone (1875–1971), ‘Wish’ is a timeless story that weaves adventure, humour and vivid characterisation into a subtle moral tale.

Born in Birmingham in 1943, Michael Tolkien grew up in South Oxfordshire and North Yorkshire. He studied classics and English at St Andrews and Oxford. He has lived in Rutland since 1968 and was a secondary school teacher until early retirement in 1994. Since 1998 his verse has been published in two booklets and five full collections, most recently in 2012. His work has been widely and favourably reviewed. Two of his major themes are deceptive appearances and the conflict of active and contemplative approaches to life. This is also apparent in his recent narrative verse adaptations of Florence Bone’s now largely forgotten fantasy fiction for children.

Imprint
Union Bridge Books
Publisher
Union Bridge Books
Language
English
Product Format
Hardback
Dimensions
9 x 6
Weight
1 gram
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
124
ISBN
9780857281999
Product Format
EPUB
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
124
ISBN
9780857282118
Product Format
PDF
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
124
ISBN
9780857282057
Product Format
MobiPocket
Publication Date
1 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
124
ISBN
9780857282170