The Wishing Moon

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Penguin, Jun 3, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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Magical Aladdin’s lamp has a new owner, an orphan girl Aminah, whose father was a scholar at the sultan’s court. Aminah hoped that the princess would save her from poverty, recognizing her ability to ... Read full review

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Aminah (main character) is an orphan living on the streets of the Arabian city of Al-Kal’as. Desperate to survive, she seeks Princess Badr (wife of Aladdin) for work. The black – hearted princess responds to her pleas by throwing her husband’s old and rusty oil lamp on Aminah’s head.
After reviving from the knock on her head, Aminah attempts to polish the tarnished brass, and amazes herself with her find. She finds the hidden secret of the lamp. It was a magical lamp with a Genie/Jinni who can grant her wishes and relieve her from poverty. With the rising of each moon, the Genie informs her, she will have three wishes.
The Genie’s magic brings her food, clothing, shelter and even companionship. Being a kind hearted soul, Aminah wishes to help those other orphans and poor people whom she had left behind, after finding her new fortune.
The Genie warns her, though, that his magic is not to be used to such purposes. Soon he himself finds it impossible to not give in to the girl’s good heartedness.
Meanwhile, the princess soon discovers the magic of the lamp she had so carelessly thrown at the beggar girl and is desperate to get it back. The princess who is both blood thirsty and willing to do anything for power, tries to hunt down Aminah and the lamp.
The rest of the story shows how cleverly Aminah and her newfound companions, Hassan, Bara and Idris cleverly escape from the Princess and her Guards with the help of Genie.



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A heartwarming period piece based on a true incident, lovingly told, beautifully illustrated," raved The New York Times Book Review of Michael O. Tunnell's Mailing May, illustrated by Ted Rand, which was also honored as a 1998 ALA Notable Book. The author of five picture books, two chapter books, two novels, and one documentary, Mike teaches children's literature at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He and his wife, Glenna, have four children and two grandchildren.

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