caleb's birthday wish

When blowing out the candles, Caleb, a disabled child, had one wish for his birthday: he wanted to fly. When he reached for two balloons, he stated his wish again, and then magical things happened.
Educational Themes:
There are several ways to explore the story, with or without highlighting Caleb's disability: the fun of dreaming, celebrating a birthday, using one's imagination.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story is creative and has some fun elements. It just isn't one we can recommend for a permanent library collection.
Little Kid Reaction
Our preschooler/kindergartener likes this book. We have read it several times and each time s/he watches the events unfold with rapt attention. For about a week now, s/he has pulled this from the shelf as one of the books to read before bed.
Big Kid Reaction
The story has a nice premise, though I doubt kids will understand the "was it a dream or did it really happen" ending. We are amazed at our child's interest in the book, as it is rather wordy given the premise.

Families looking for stories featuring kids with disabilities will find this book a nice fit. Kids love birthdays and a story where wishes come true will engage their imagination. The activity pages offer something for everyone in each level of the target audience: picture games and word games.


The pages are VERY busy. Although there is a fair bit of dialogue, it is all put together in single paragraphs per page. When you combine that with the bright, detailed illustrations, it can get annoying.

Title Caleb's Birthday Wish
Author David Villanueva, Jr.
Publisher Better Be Write Publishing, LLC © 2006
Illustrators Edmundo Sanchez
ISBN 0977197182
Material Paperback
Cost $17.95
Genres Family, Picture Book, Health, Health - Illness, Multicultural, Special Needs | Specially Abled, Learning Disabilities
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