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An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for...
An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for...
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  • An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.

    Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on the littlest member of the family. Inspired by actual events in the author's life, this is a narrative that is both timely and timeless. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the story chronicles a family's difficult and powerful journey to pack up what they can carry and to leave their world behind, traveling to a new and unknown place in a crowded boat. With sparse, poetic, and lyrical text from acclaimed author Muon Thi Van, thoughtful back matter about the author's connection to the story, and luminous, stunning illustrations from Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree Victo Ngai, Wishes tells a powerful and timely story in a gentle and approachable way for young children and their families.With themes of kindness, bravery, hope, and love running throughout, Wishes is a must-have book for every child's bookshelf.

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    Starred review from April 1, 2021
    The story of a young refugee's flight from home is told through a series of wishes made by inanimate objects. "The night wished it was quieter," reads the first of 12 wishes that tell the story of a family's journey across the sea to a better life. A somber palette and perfectly chosen scenes illustrate each object's wish, giving shape to the story that unfolds. The bag that family members pack with rice packets "wished it was deeper." The clock, at departure time, "wished it was slower," as an older man embraces two children with tears in his eyes. The winding, ominous path on which the oldest child and mother walk (she carries both an infant in a sling and her middle child on her back) "wished it was shorter." And the boat that they board, packed to the edges with passengers, "wished it was bigger." Each simple statement, accompanied by its heart-rending visual element, takes readers along on this harrowing journey. When the final wish arrives, (the only to employ the first person), the one sentence spans four double-page spreads of visual storytelling that evoke the joy and release of so many heightened emotions. Details in every illustration convey an Asian setting, though readers in the know will recognize distinctly Vietnamese particulars. Backmatter explains how the author's own family escaped from Vietnam in the 1980s. A superb, beautifully moving collaboration of text and illustration. (author's note, artist's note) (Picture book. 4-7)

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    Starred review from April 1, 2021
    Preschool-Grade 2 *Starred Review* Stunning illustrations tell the story of one family's exodus from Việt Nam to the security of Hong Kong. The heartrending tale, told with minimal text, reveals the hardships faced by a mother and her three young children as they make an arduous journey to safety. One child is old enough to walk the trail to the boat launch, but her mother carries the other two with all their belongings. Each double spread contains one line of text that powerfully evokes the suffering the family endures and gives voice to inanimate objects: "The path wished it was shorter."" ""The boat wished it was bigger."" ""The sea wished it was calmer."" ""The sun wished it was cooler." Remarkable and emotional full-color pictures place readers starkly in the moment as they watch the family on their frightening passage to a better, safer life. Emotions are visible on the faces of the refugees while they endure the long voyage in a small boat, a storm at sea, and the heat of the baking sun. Based on the author's family's flight--detailed in an ending author's note--this story of escape makes refugees' experiences more lucid and will summon deep feeling from readers.

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