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WISH:
Wishing Traditions Around the World

Author: Roseanne Thong, illustrator: Elisa Kleven

This lively compilation of wishing traditions from around the world is sure to educate and inspire young readers—and makes a perfect gift! Each charming custom provides insight into the cultures of lands far and near while reminding us of the similarities we all share. Includes Japan, China, Thailand, Russia, Iran, Israel, India, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.

From Publishers Weekly
"The many ways to make a wish wherever home may be” come in for lighthearted yet respectful exploration in this attractive square-format book. Thong (Red Is a Dragon) entices readers with consistently well-rhymed verses (“We puff on dandelions/ with their fluff as white as milk—/ our wishes sail through the breeze/ on parachutes of silk”), following up each with a brief description of a national custom. Some may be familiar—throwing coins into Rome's Trevi Fountain or offering prayers at Jerusalem's Western Wall—but many will be new to most readers: in India children make secret wishes on peacock feathers and save them in notebooks or diaries. Rendered in Kleven's (The Paper Princess) kaleidoscopic style, many of the full-bleed spreads nearly shimmer, as in the picture of Brazilian children jumping waves on New Year's Day. The book ends with a multiethnic group of American children blowing out birthday cake candles, inviting readers to look at their own practices from a newly broadened perspective. Endnotes include more information along with an invitation to find 15 lucky symbols hidden in the pictures."

Ages 5-9

$16.99 (hardcover)
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