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The Three Wishes

2006 3 min
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This lively short animation is based on the traditional folk tale of the same name. A poor couple try to decide which of their dreams should come true after being granted special powers, but what they realize is that they should be thankful for what they already have. The story is adapted by Toronto children's author Aubrey Davis and set to a lively Klezmer soundtrack by the musical group Beyond the Pale.

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The Three Wishes

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This lively short animation is based on the traditional folk tale of the same name. A poor couple try to decide which of their dreams should come true after being granted special powers, but what they realize is that they should be thankful for what they already have. The story is adapted by Toronto children's author Aubrey Davis and set to a lively Klezmer soundtrack by the musical group Beyond the Pale.
  • director
    Sheldon Cohen
  • animation
    Sheldon Cohen
  • writer
    Aubrey Davis
  • voice
    Paul Soles
    Linda Kash
  • music
    Beyond The Pale
  • animation assistance
    Luigi Allemano
  • sound editing
    Luigi Allemano
  • digital imaging
    Itsik Romano
  • digital imaging consultation
    Susan Gourley
  • off-line conform
    Jason Lee
  • on-line
    Denis Pilon
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • production coordination
    Jelena Popovic
  • production assistance
    Jessica Kennedy
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    Kenneth Hirsch
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Kenneth Hirsch
    Sheldon Cohen
    Marcy Page

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Education

Ages 6 to 10
Study Guide

Summary with teaching points

Based on a traditional folk tale, this animated short film tells the story of a poor couple who use three wishes carelessly and realize they should be thankful for what they have. Ask students what they would have wished for and what the consequences would be. Students can discuss and possibly debate the message of the film: “Be thankful for what you have.”  As well, there is an opportunity to research immigration patterns and the types of low-paying jobs that are accessed by many newcomers.

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