America’s Favorite Mouseketeer Tells Heartwarming, Inspirational Story #Friday Fun Reads

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story

by Annette Funicello and Patricia Romanowski

Copyright 1994.


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The former Mouseketeer and star of beach party movies chronicles her career, offering recollections of Walt Disney, Frankie Avalon, and many others, and honestly discussing her recent struggle with multiple sclerosis.


My Thoughts


Mickey Mouse Club was already in syndication by the time I was old enough to watch it. I wasn’t interested, probably because it contained a lot of visuals that were lost to me with my limited eyesight. However, I took an interest in Annette Funicello last month after reading Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb, which I reviewed here. This novel is about a fictional character who was Annette Funicello’s distant cousin. A friend recommended A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, and I’m glad she did.

Unfamiliar with this celebrity, I was fascinated to learn about her experiences filming Mickey Mouse Club and other television programs and movies plus commercials and was amazed at how kind Walt Disney was to her and other actors. Although, in my opinion, her singing leaves a bit to be desired, I found her accounts of how she recorded some of her songs interesting. I admire her for the way she dealt with multiple sclerosis and helped others suffering from the disease after she finally told her story.

According to Wikipedia, Annette Funicello passed away on April 8th, 2013. No doubt, she is missed. This book contains photos, and, at the end, an appendix chronicling her successes, which I’m sure will delight fans. But even if you, like me, are not a fan, I can guarantee you’ll find her story fascinating, heartwarming, and inspirational.


By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

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