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Summary: This is a first-person story that describes all of the things that the narrator hopes that a child will experience in his/her life. This is a story where the narrator could be any adult who wants to express his/her feelings with a child.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Although we read it several times, the story never really engaged our toddler. S/He would ask about some of the activities in the pictures, but never requested the book, and a couple of times declined our offer to read it.
Adult Reader Reaction: The simplicity of the statements of affection and dreams are wonderful. It doesn’t take too many readings of it to become tiresome, as the wishes are somewhat universal.
Pros: The affirmative tone of the book creates great potential as a suitable gift for a young child. For families created through adoption, this could be a nice gift from the biological parent to a child.
Cons: There is no story to the book. It is merely a collection of statements from an adult to a child.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it, unless you are giving it as a gift.