Lessons from The Ninth Birthday Wish by Bruce E. Arrington

Patience, siblings getting along, the importance of family, and accepting difference are among the potential lessons I see in The Ninth Birthday Wish by Bruce E. Arrington. It is a story of twins who have different temperaments and different proclivities. They are each granted a wish for their ninth birthday but the wishes get mixed up because one twin is impatient. Though the mix up is initially a disaster for both twins, in the end, they gain an affection for one another.

I think this book presents ample opportunity to discuss character and values. The impatience of one twin is a good point for discussion on impatience and its consequences. The dislike that the twins initially have and how that grows to affection is a good point for a discussion on sibling rivalry, the importance of family, and accepting differences. I admire this book for these potential lessons.

It is over 1800 words written in a sing-song rhyme style much like Dr. Seuss. I applaud the effort of keeping the rhyme and storyline for 1800 words. The sing-song will appeal to younger children but I don’t believe would be a deterrent for older ones.

I enjoyed reading it as an adult. I think kids will enjoy it.

About the Author:

Bruce Arrington is the author of the Josh Anvil series, the Fallen Powers series, and the Birthday Wish books for children. He has a degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University and spent fifteen years working in the wilds of Oregon and Florida.Currently, Bruce currently teaches in a small K-12 school and enjoys challenging students to be their creative best. He writes mostly during the summer but is continually drawn back into his fantasy adventures as time allows.


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