Wishes of the World

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Wishes are universal; though throughout the world they’re made in a multitude of diverse and creative ways. In Guatemala, a young boy ties his aspirations to the tale of a piece of ornately decorated parchment paper. He lets it soar to the sky to places unknown. In South Africa a youth’s dream floats away in a plumb of smoke after he extinguished a candle flame; while in France, a little girl puffs her hopes into the wisps of a dandelion’s seeds. In Italy, a coin is tossed into a flowing fountain with hopes of a longing becoming a reality.

This is a beautifully crafted book with text that waves across the pages in soft, soothing hues. The eye-catching Illustrations portray the traditions of wish-making across the globe. These are through masterful means and are equal in measure, and unique to each culture. Children ages five to nine will find them fascinating, and in some respects relatable and familiar. The child in South Africa expresses his yearnings similarly to many children in the United States. Wishes of the World is inspirational, positive, and compendious, making it perfect for a quick read or bedtime story.

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Author Melissa Stiveson, Khoa Le
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Publish Date 15-Jul-2023
ISBN 9781534111752
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Issue October 2023
Category Children's