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My Wishes for You

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I wish you...

arms outstretched to catch you if you fall.

Parents everywhere want the same things for their children -- happiness, security, dreams, smiles, love. Poet Adèle Geras expresses these wishes through her lyrical text, and Cliff Wright's delicate watercolor illustrations reinforce the timeless message of warmth and love. My Wishes ...

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Overview

I wish you...

arms outstretched to catch you if you fall.

Parents everywhere want the same things for their children -- happiness, security, dreams, smiles, love. Poet Adèle Geras expresses these wishes through her lyrical text, and Cliff Wright's delicate watercolor illustrations reinforce the timeless message of warmth and love. My Wishes for You is a book of comfort that parents and children will embrace.

Expresses the wishes a parent has for a child all day long, from morning kisses and sunshine to a quilt providing warmth and safety through the moonlit night.

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Publishers Weekly
With the words, "I wish you..." as an introduction and unspoken refrain, Geras (Troy) launches an extended rhapsody on the hopes and promises that parents lavish upon their offspring. British artist Wright particularizes the blank verse with austere, taupe-toned watercolors depicting a day in the life of a bunny and its nurturing parents. "I wish you.../ A kind gaze following you/ as you walk./ A smile to smile at when you/ turn your head" accompanies an illustration of the mother and father rabbit anxiously but stoically watching their long-eared child as he or she heads into the world-which in this case, means a forest filled with predators (a hawk circles overhead, a hunter and his dog prowl the brush). But the bunny emerges unscathed (despite his conspicuous red sweater) and, playful as ever, blithely accepts its parents' unconditional affection. The bunny beds down for the night on an exposed hilltop, confident that he or she will be safe in their care. The greeting-card sentimentality that defines the book from beginning to end may not have much emotional resonance for youngsters, but the adult perspective about letting go may appeal to some parents. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Reminiscent of Susan Roth's My Love for You (Dial, 1997), this book is a soothing love poem to a child: "I wish you-/Light from behind the/hill spilling into the sky./Kisses to wake you,/warm sun on your face." The illustrations are in muted earth tones, grays and browns, which give a tranquil quality to the quiet text. Readers follow a young rabbit, clad in a red sweater, as she ventures through the world under the loving, watchful eyes of her parents. At the end of the day, the bunny returns home where she is covered with a warm quilt for a good night's sleep. The naturalistic art is sweet and heartwarming. This tender poem will lull children into a peaceful slumber.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689853333
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Adèle Geras is an award-winning poet and author who has written more than seventy books for readers of all ages, including Troy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award, and Golden Windows and Other Stories of Jerusalem, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature. She was born in Jerusalem and lives in Manchester, England, with her family.
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