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Wishes for You [Library Binding]

Tobi Tobias , Henri Sorensen
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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May 1 2003

Wishes For You is a collection of warm and generous thoughts for a child growing up. Expressing universal hopes for a young life -- such as joy and curiosity, creativity and strength -- this book will let all children know how much they are thought of and how deeply they are loved. Tobi Tobias's heartfelt text and Henri Sorensen's serene paintings make this a perfect gift for anyone whose life touches the life of a child.

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PreS-K. Beginning with the words "I hope," each sentence in this book declares parents' desires for their children. Expressed in very few words, the statements often distill complex emotions stirred by the love of a child: "I hope you will have moments when you're so happy, you'll feel the sun is shining from inside you"; "I hope you will know what you think and feel and not let other people tell you." Some thoughts are more straightforward: "I hope you will love to read." Sorensen's realistic paintings catch the loving sparkle between family members as they depict ethnically diverse people in images that amplify the spare text. A close-up of two children intent on a caterpillar's progress illustrates the wish "I hope you will always be curious." A picture of folks on a multigenerational picnic accompanies the words "I hope you will always be part of a family." This tender, never maudlin book gives expression to feelings too often left unsaid; it's ideal for lap sharing. Ellen Mandel
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“Distills complex emotions stirred by the love of a child. Gives expression to feelings too often left unsaid.” (ALA Booklist)

“…art…rich in dense color…alive with visible brush strokes… invariably captures specific moments and images…[while] speaks of universal truths.” (School Library Journal)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book great for a new baby! May 10 2014
By Nicole
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
I would buy this book for anyone having a baby. It makes a nice gift! Very nice message to share your hopes and dreams for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book for Children Oct. 24 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a fabulous book for parents/grandparents to give to children. The product came as described and was shipped promptly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very sweet bedtime story Nov. 28 2003
Format:Library Binding
This beautiful picture book is filled with wishes that parents hope will come true for their children. Some of those wishes are I hope you will always be curious and I hope you will always be a part of a family. Reading this book to your child will let them know of all the love you have for them with in your heart. Wishes for You would make a great bedtime story for kids of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! April 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
My super handed me WISHES FOR YOU as I was going to the subway.
While reading it on the subway, I did not start weeping until:
"I hope you will love one special person more than anyone or
anything in the whole world," and then I did not stop weeping
until long after I finished the book and got off the train at
Queensboro Plaza. The not-starting weeping until that late
in the book was a commendable sign of self-restraint, I think,
considering how moving, authentic, and wonderful WISHES FOR YOU is.
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