The Third Wish by Joan Aiken

Updated: 11/5/2020
The Third Wish by Joan Aiken

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • "I expect three wishes, no more and no less."
  • "Take your three wishes then...don't blame me if you spend the last wish in undoing the work of the other two."
  • "I wish I had a wife as beautiful as the forest."
  • Rising Action
  • "My name is Leita."
  • Mr. Peters is driving along when he hears something crying and struggling nearby. He sees a swan tangled in torns trying to extricate itself. Mr. Peters quickly sets the swan free.
  • Climax
  • "I could use my second wish to give your sister human shape, so that she could be a companion to you,"
  • Honk! Honk! Honk!
  • The swan turned out to be the King of the Forest. Mr. Peters demanded a reward. The King of the Forest gave Mr. Peters 3 wishes. Mr. Peters must now decide what to use his wishes on.
  • Falling Action
  • "Human beings and swans are better in their own shapes."
  • Mr. Peters owned nice things like a house and a car. Living by himself, he was still very lonely. He decided to use his 1st wish, but keep the rest just in case. Mr. Peters and Leita lived happily for many years.
  • Resolution
  • "Two wishes were enough for me, I reckon. I've learned that even if your wishes are granted they don't always better you. I'll stay faithful to Leita."
  • "This is my sister." I can't bear being separated from her."
  • Leita tells Mr. Peters that she used to be a swan and that she misses the forest and her sister. Mr. Peters decides to use his 2nd wish.
  • "No, no." I couldn't ask that of her."
  • Mr. Peters uses his second wish to turn Leita back into a swan. Leita would often visit Mr. Peters with her sister.
  • Mr. Peters grows old. One fall night, 2 swans visit him singing happily. In the morning, he was found peacefully dead in his bed with a smile of great happiness on his face.