Wishing Upon the Stars

This tender story is set in the the summer at a chalet in the Quebec Laurentians. MC a young girl is vacationing with her father after her grandfather’s passing (her father’s father). On a hot summer night, MC is trying to fall asleep, however her grief and worry over the recent death is preventing her mind to rest. She tosses and turns until she fall out of bed and is recused by her father. They then head down to the dock on the lake to watch the night stars and chat about death, grief and dreams. MC’s fears recede and her playful mood returns until her over exuberance cause her to encounter another mini emergency from which her father rescues her.

School Visit: What Can You Expect?

  • In costume, I will read the story to a group of students, ( The suggested maximum is no more than three classes. The reading would be more effective with one or two classes)

  • A copy of the book for the school

  • The option to use the book as a fundraiser. I will ask for $7.00 to cover my cost and the school or the classroom can set their own price for instance, the book could be sold for $12 which is almost 5 dollars less than regular retail price

  • Depending on time availability, I will conduct a writing workshop with the students in your class

The cover for the children's story "Wishing Upon the Stars"

Inspiration for the Story

… came from the many nights vacationing at MC’s parents chalet where she and her father would chat by the fire or at the dock about life, family and dreams. Although MC’s parents built the chalet during her late teens, MC wrote this story imaging what it would be like if she spent her childhood years at the cottage.

Illustrations done by Frank Urbanski for the story Wishing Upon the Stars.
A photo of Frank Urbanski and MC.
A collage of pieces done by Frank Urbanski.

About the Illustrator

Frank Urbanski, (1931- 2011) was MC’s father. Work and family life consumed the years until at sixty-five he retired from a very successful business career, of which most was spent in top executive positions. It was then he began sketching, painting and carving on his own and taking a number of art classes. He said he struggled with creating originals, but considered himself a copycat. He particularly loved creating his own interpretations of the works from the Canadian greats, The Group of Seven and Emily Carr. The following collage is a collection of some of MC’s favorite pieces produced by her father.