A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids from 15 different cultures have 15 different ways of wishing for a better world.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book would be a wonderful introduction to the variety of traditions around the world, particularly the ones people have for making wishes. Some factual explanation is given, but not too much, but the text and illustrations will definitely inspire interest in further research.
Is It Any Good?
How can a book on wishing be anything but magical? Learning that kids all over the world have different ways of making wishes is magical in itself, but Elisa Kleven's artwork in this wishing book is the icing on the cake. Picture after picture is absolutely magnificent, and the illustrations on their own are enough to make this book truly fascinating. It all starts with the cover where the word Wish, written in golden letters, bursts amid star-studded fireworks as excited kids jump and point toward the skies. Every page that follows is filled with the same kind of brilliant, sparkling color and enthusiastic detail that will captivate readers of all ages, and cause them to linger over each new country.
Though the text is a bit light-weight for older readers, it's just enough for younger kids and enough to inspire everyone else to find out more about the amazing traditions of the bigger world. It would have been helpful if the author had provided a few resources so interested readers would know where to start looking. But, all in all, this is a magical book, and one that anyone who has ever made a wish certainly will enjoy.
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