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WISHES FOR YOU

Author: Tobi Tobias

Illustrator: Henri Sorensen

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003

Material: hard cover

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.

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Educational Themes: No specific learning objectives surface with this book. It does, however, offer adults an opportunity to affirm their affection and dreams for the child in their lives.

Literary Categories: fiction - family, picture book, self worth

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004

Other Reviews: See series of Critics' Reviews at bn.com Barnes & Noble) and reviews and reader feedback at borders.com. None found.

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