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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 Charm and Reassurance in Tobias's Wishes for You March 28 2003
Format:Hardcover
Tobi Tobias, mother of two and grandmother of four, has been writing gentle, reassuring books for children for many years that stress the values that make families work and children feel secure. With Wishes for You, she succinctly and poetically creates a road map for the life of a child, wishing her or him--this book is for children, not boys or girls--the happiness of being alive, of loving one special person, of feeling your body move--understandable since Tobias is a prominent dance critic-- of being creative. Each wish stresses individualism in universal terms, the most compelling of which are"I hope you will know what you think and feel and not let other people tell you" and "I hope you will love being alone sometimes." These and the rest of the wishes in this book are ones I had for my own daughter at the time of her birth 27 years ago. Danish artist Henri Sorensen's illustrations are more than that: each painting particularizes a general wish: "I hope you will love to read" shows an Asian child with a book, a stuffed hippo, a live cat, a globe;"I hope you will never forget how to be silly" is illustrated with seven blond blue-eyed kids pretty clearly giggling as they pull one of their number in a cart. I like the multicultural approach taken by both the author and the illustrator and hope Wishes for You is read to and by many many children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Waiting to Happen March 28 2003
Format:Library Binding
Ideal picture books for very young children--as difficult to compose as lyric poems--appeal to three kinds of readers: the very young child to whom it is introduced, the adult who usually repeats that introduction many times (including at moments of high anxiety or exhaustion), and the child several years later, who is capable of re-reading the book independently. Picture books that appeal to a fourth kind of reader--the grown-up child who looks back to his or her infant library for books to read to a new generation--are what we mean by "classics."
In this last sense, "Wishes for You," freshly published, is a classic waiting to happen. It is written with a purity and dignity of expression that both children and adults (grandparents included) will grasp right away and illustrated with a gentle figuration that is captivating and, sometimes, heartbreaking. This book of "I-wish-for-you"s offers immediate affection to youngsters as well as a plangent element of memory to older ones: it works on the level of "Now!" and of then. Also, the nature of wishing, itself, is presented, quite unusually, as an aspect of human development, rather than, more conventionally, as a pendant to human vanity. Although all the lovely spreads are instantly available to every stage of emotional maturation in reading, no pairing of words and picture is emotionally predictable. Even on many re-readings, the book has wisdom to spare. A treasure.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Add Wishes for You to your Wish List March 28 2003
Format:Hardcover
Tobi Tobias has written a little gem, a picture book that is poetic but utterly straightforward. WISHES FOR YOU consists of a series of wishes for the future of a much loved young child.("I hope you will love to read. . . I hope you will love being alone sometimes.") Danish artist Henry Sorensen's accompanying illustrations feature lush colors and realistic renderings of approachable-looking children being wistful, playful or intent on a task. This book would make an excellent gift for a child under five.
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