Wishes for You Library Binding – Apr 2003
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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.Published on May 10 2014 by Nicole
This is a fabulous book for parents/grandparents to give to children. The product came as described and was shipped promptly.Published on Oct. 24 2012 by islandally
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