In this first Heidi Heckelbeck super special, Heidi makes a drastic wish—but once it comes true, she finds it may not be the answer to all of her problems.
When another magical spell goes wrong, Heidi makes a powerful wish: “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a witch!” But when Heidi’s wish comes true, she has to figure out a way to get her magic back, while also helping her friends solve a few problems of their own. Only this time, she’ll have to help without casting a spell. Will Heidi realize just how special her magic is?
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page of this extra-long story, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
“Ho hum.” Heidi sighed as she doodled a daisy on her science folder.
Heidi was having a ho-hum morning. She had on a ho-hum outfit. All her favorite clothes were in the wash. She had eaten a bowl of ho-hum oatmeal for breakfast. Henry got the last waffle. And now Heidi and her whole class had to sit and wait for their teacher Mrs. Welli. Mrs. Welli had said she would be right back.
Soon the classroom door squeaked open. Principal Pennypacker followed Mrs. Welli to the front of the room. Hmm, thought Heidi. I wonder what the principal is doing here?
Mrs. Welli smiled and clasped her hands. “Principal Pennypacker has a special announcement to make,” she said. Then she stepped to one side.
The principal patted the tufts of hair on either side of his head and said, “Good morning, class.”
“Good morning, Principal Pennypacker,” the class chorused.
The principal rubbed his hands together. “I have exciting news,” he said. “Next week the second grade will go on a field trip to the botanical gardens.”
The children all began to talk at once.
Mrs. Welli clapped her hands. “One, two, three—eyes on me!” she said. Then she nodded for the principal to continue.
“You’ll take the school bus to the gardens,” he explained. “Once there you’ll see flowers, you’ll see trees shaped like animals, and you’ll even get to play hide-and-seek in a life-size hedge maze. At the end of the visit you will have a class lunch picnic in the fairy garden, followed by ice-cream bars.”
“Yay!” cheered the class as they bounced up and down in their seats.
And just like that, Heidi’s morning had changed from ho-hum to a real humdinger!
Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in San Jose, California. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.
Priscilla Burris has illustrated numerous books for children, parents, and teachers. She enjoys cake painting and creating art for products that include murals, greeting cards, and rubber stamps. Priscilla lives with her family in Southern California.