Author : Naotaka Mase 間瀬なおたか
Published : 1996
Personal Recommendation : 3-5 years old
If you have one wish to come true, would you use that wish for self or others? This story is about how one can prioritize other’s good over self’s desire and that kind of attitude makes this world a better place. This is the book about Squirrel and Wild Rat who are apparently good friends each other. One day, they saw the shooting start falling down from the sky and all the story begins from there. Illustration is simply beautiful, and all the kids should love this type of art works.
Here is the story line.
- Squirrel comes to Wild Rat’s house and says “Why don’t we have a tea while watching the starts”.
- “Look! A shooting star!” Squirrel says “You know? If you repeat to make a wish three times while start is shooting, your wish comes true?”
- There is another bigger shooting start they saw. “OK, Let’s make a wish. What would be my wish…” BOOM! Shoting-star fell down near Wild Rat’s house.
- They run to the star and find out the Star is crying out loud. “I wanted to fly in unique way like other starts can’t. But I failed and fell down. Awww, my body hurts!”
- Wild Rat brought the start to his bed and lay down. “You will be fine” says Wild Rat and trying to give some water to Star. Star says “No I want something cold and fresh water!”
- Wild Rat went all the way to the river to get the cold fresh water.
- “If I see beautiful flowers, I will get better quicker!” says Star. Wild Rat went to the field and picked up some flowers.
- “I am going to die if I don’t eat sweet fruit” says Star. Wild Rat went to South Forest to collect the fruits.
- “I heard there is great healing herbs for wounds in North Mountain” says Star. So Wild Rat did.
- “Here, I brought the herbs you requested… You will feel better and become fine then” SLAM!! As he was too tired, Wild Rat fell down on the floor.
- “Oh No. You did all the things and went thru a lot for me”says Star. Waking up from bed and continue “Since you have done so much for me, I can make your wish comes true. While I am flying in the sky, repeat to say your wish three times”
- Star barely got up from bed and fly very weakly and unstably in the sky but long enough to make a wish for Wild Rat. “So what did you make a wish? If I were you, I would request all the nuts I cannot consume to eat!” says Squirrel.
- Next day, they saw big strong beautiful shooting star like they have never seen before. Wild Rabit says “Yup, it was probably the star we helped yesterday. Because I made a wish for Star to get well soon!”
- “It was such a great strong beautiful shooting-star. It was too beautiful, and I forgot to make a wish” says Squirrel. Wild Rat says “You know what? I saw good place to collect Walnut in South Forest while Fruit hunting earlier. Why don’t we go tomorrow?”
Apparently, Wild Rat is being a saint here and all the kids will probably be inspired. But at the same time, I think we can use this book (especially from the standpoint of Star) to teach lesson that “Acting like baby” would potentially harm others. (or at least make others feel bad) Perhaps, after reading, Question like “how would you feel when Starrequested many unreasonable things from Wild Rat?” would give opportunity to bring the parent-kid talk to the next level and this would be a great bonus by reading this book.
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