The Wish Library Series
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wish Library Series, by Christine Evans, delightfully weaves together kids' everyday lives with the possibility of endless wishes, and layers the stories with great lessons about communication, friendship, consequences, and more. Raven and Luca have relatable struggles, and readers have likely wished for similar things at school and with their own friends. Wishes seem like the easy way to solve so many of life's struggles, and the premise is a great starting point for families and classes to talk about what they'd wish for and why. Raven' soccer obsession and Luca's ballet dancing upends some gender stereotypes, and the illustrations on every page help readers who are new to chapter books.
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What's the Story?
In THE WISH LIBRARY SERIES, new friends Raven and Luca discover a magic wishing well where they can ask for anything they want and the wish will be granted. When Raven doesn't want to stand in front of the class for her presentation or Luca wants to keep his mom from finding out about trouble at school, they go see the librarian at the wish library. She'll grant them almost any wish, but they must return it before the deadline or there will be terrible consequences. But even when they return the wishes to the library, the young friends find that their actions had effects they hadn't considered, and sometimes it seems like they didn't need to wish after all.
Is It Any Good?
This series' fun premise gives young readers the chance to dream about they'd wish for. And the lovely way the stories are structured helps them think about what would happen if endless wishes could come true. The Wish Library Series centers on friendship and communication, and reminds readers that most situations are more complicated than they seem, and that changing one event can have lots of unintended consequences. The stories are simple and engaging, but the real treasure is how those stories spark ideas and conversations for readers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what they might wish for if they found a coin like the kids in The Wish Library Series. What would you wish for and why?
What do you think would happen if your wishes all came true?
What other books have you read about new friends? Which are your favorites?
- Author: Christine Evans
- Illustrator: Patrick Corrigan
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
- Publication date: March 1, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 9
- Number of pages: 96
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: March 28, 2022
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