Wishes is an absolutely captivating picture book that explores the realities of being forced to search for a new home on the other side of the world. For young children, home is everything and having to say good-bye is heart-breaking, especially when they don’t understand the answer to that all important question – why?
The simplicity of the child’s perspective is real and heart-felt. The emotions, pain, confusion and tired little legs are clearly communicated through the child’s face at each stage of the journey. There is so much change for someone so small – just a little glimpse of what refugees might experience.
The empathy building of this powerful book will speak to readers of all ages. From tiny children who see the reality in the characters’ faces to older children who are beginning to understand the truth of the circumstances to adults who understand the full implications of what is happening to the family. There is so much scope for discussion and opportunity to understand someone else’s point of view.
The end of the story provides a challenge for readers – a challenge to create a world where no one has to wish for a safer, kinder, fairer and more beautiful world.
Thank you to Scholastic for this powerful book!
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