The story centers around a bear's special birthday wish. It is Finney's birthday and all of his friends are trying out figure out what his "special wish" is. They all think they have it figured out and think that their gift is Finney's special wish. They are a surprised when they find out that their gift is not Finney's special wish. They are even more surprised to find out that Finney's wish came true after all - but it didn't come wrapped with a bow. The Special Wish is a cute little story teaching that friendship is the best present of all. The book also comes with a CD that narrates the story with sound effects and charming character voices and includes original songs.
Russell Williams, President of Passkeys Foundation, also has a blog called Kids of Character 'One Minute Mentoring Messages' and posts a weekly inspirational and educational post to "guide, influence and inspire parents, grandparents, coaches and community leaders in their role as character advocates with the children and youth they love."
I liked that the book/CD set is reasonably priced, is colorful and engaging and is focused on the character trait of friendship; however, this book is not for our family. We don't celebrate birthdays in the "traditional" sense so we do not do birthday cakes, candles, birthday presents or birthday "wishes." Besides that, it was a cute story with a endearing lesson on friendship.
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