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Author: Roseanne Thong

Illustrator: Elisa Klevin

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Travel with us around the world to see how other children make wishes: with coins or flowers, bird feathers or special food. Some even write notes on lucky paper or make their wishes during special celebrations. Spend extra time with the book as you search for the lucky symbols hidden in the illustrations. Use this book to learn about wishing traditions around the world.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 8.4

Age of Child: Read by an 12-year-old girl. She participated in a youth ministry project at Effort Baptist Church helping our Use Your ABCs project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because the cover looked fun. I liked the first couple stories, but then it got boring. It is informative. The book does teach you that there are different ways to make your drams come true.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book. The illustration that is paired with each wish offers a scene that adds to the description. Each wish is presented as a short poem, and then is explained in traditional text, all within a box inset. We love that you can start from any page in the book. You can use the summaries in the back to identify which country's traditions you want to look at first.

Pros: This picture book explains how people make wishes around the world. This is a book you can explore just by looking at the pages, reading cover to cover, or just one page at a time.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a beautiful book that is meant to be shared. Many of these activities you can adopt (or adapt) to create your own traditions.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE THANKSGIVING DOOR   NIGHT OF THE MOON; A Muslim Holiday Story   I WISH FOR SNOW

Educational Themes: This is a wonderful way to introduce your child to traditions in other parts of the world. The descriptions make it easy to adopt some of them to create your own family traditions. The search for symbols adds an extra touch, giving your child a chance to explore on his/her own. This is a good starting place for learning about other countries, or seeing where your own traditions started.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 8.4

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, cultures and tradition, fables and folklore

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2008, June 2009

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