I have a five year old that loves to read. I love to read to her. But I also like finding books that have a moral or lesson to be taught. In Charlie’s Birthday Wish we learn that Charlie has not been kind to his classmates and he thinks he may have lost all his friends. The example of the things he did wrong were spot on. I see kids doing this to each on a daily basis. Never one kid doing them all, it’s usually one offense per child. But Charlie was so very naughty. He made fun of his friends looks, he laughed at them, he played pranks on them and much more. All things I see my child and her friends do to one another. Now, Charlie’s birthday was approaching and his mother wished to throw him a big party. Charlie was concerned that no one would show because of how unkind he had been to everyone. He was also afraid to tell his mother what he had done.
After a few days Charlie worked up the courage to tell his mother. She had a great suggestion. She suggested that with the invitation Charlie enclose an apology. So he did. He wrote out how sorry he was and gave one to each of his friends. When the big day arrived he was nervous. He was concerned that no one would show despite his apology. But they did! And Charlie had a great birthday because his one wish – his friends to forgive him – had been granted.
Charlie’s Birthday Wish is a great way to show children how their words hurt and the consequences they can have. After we were done reading the book, my daughter and I talked about. We talked about how when we say things that are not nice or laugh at our friends we hurt their feelings. And if you hurt someone’s feelings they may decide to not be your friend any longer. We also talked about how an apology can make someone feel better and they may forgive you and want to be your friend again. This is a great book for children. It really helps to put their actions into consequences they can understand. Rene Micka did a wonderful job at helping kids see the effects of bullying and how they can turn their poor choices around.