Young Luba lives with her parents in a dacha in the countryside of Russia. They do not have many things or much land and indeed they might be considered to be poor. One day Luba is out in the forest when she hears a small, desperate sound. Out of the kindness of her heart she searches for and discovers a small wren caught in a trap... a net set by a fowler (someone who hunts for wild birds).
When Luba frees the wren, to her surprise, the wren flies down and asks her a question. This wren can speak. The wren asks her for a wish but Luba answers that she is content with what she has and has no wish.
In a re-telling of the Old Fisherman and His Wife tale, Patricia Polacco delivers us to a fairy tale world this time set in Russia. When Luba returns home and happily tells her story to her parents, she is surprised by their anger. They want Luba to find the wren and ask for a house with one more room and land that will grow and farm easily.
Will they ever be satisfied? How big will their wish become? Will the wren grant their wish? What will they finally discover is the biggest happiness and satisfaction of all?
Richly illustrated with warm, bright, folk art, this is an adventure in action and character.
32 pages 978-0698119222 Ages 5-9