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When Grandpap teaches Charlie how to plant watermelon seeds in the spring, Charlie hopes they’ll grow a "Wishing Watermelon." Grandpap has never heard of such a thing, and when he asks Charlie what he would wish for, Charlie won't tell. Through a whole summer of biking, fishing, basketball, and waiting for watermelons together, Grandpap tries to guess his grandson's harvest wish.

Lush, vivid paintings evoke the friendship, teamwork, and ...
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Watermelon Wishes

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Overview

When Grandpap teaches Charlie how to plant watermelon seeds in the spring, Charlie hopes they’ll grow a "Wishing Watermelon." Grandpap has never heard of such a thing, and when he asks Charlie what he would wish for, Charlie won't tell. Through a whole summer of biking, fishing, basketball, and waiting for watermelons together, Grandpap tries to guess his grandson's harvest wish.

Lush, vivid paintings evoke the friendship, teamwork, and affection between grandfather and grandson as they share their wisdom and this special summer together.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Charlie and his Grandpap plant watermelon seeds that Charlie hopes will grow a wishing watermelon. He tells Grandpap that it is a special watermelon that can only give one wish. Throughout the summer as they weed and water and tend their plants, Grandpap tries to figure out just what Charlie is wishing for. Lazy summer days fishing, swimming, or playing cards has Grandpap guessing Charlie's wish. Finally in August the melons are ripe and Charlie is ready to pick the perfect wishing watermelon. Charlie cuts open the melon and reaches in to scoop out a handful of seeds… his wish has come true. What was his wish? Why another perfect summer just like the one he and Grandpap shared. This warm, charming, intergenerational story of a shared experience is sure to find a ready audience. Homey acrylic illustrations framed with borders that suit the setting of each picture capture the close relationship of this boy and his grandfather. The cover with its bandana accent and watermelon seeds spelling out the title is eye-catching. A sweet story for a family share.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Charlie and his grandfather plant a watermelon patch together, Charlie hopes that one seed will become a special kind of watermelon that gives one wish. As they enjoy fishing, picnicking, playing basketball, and swimming, Grandpap tries to guess what his grandson would ask for. In the end, Charlie reveals that his wish is for another summer with his grandfather like the one they just had. This sweet story is filled with positive images of shared experiences and cooperation. Schuett's colorful illustrations, most of which are framed with borders of related images, fit well with a book about memories of a special summer. However, the human figures are awkward: some unlikely postures and a recurring look of surprise on Charlie's and Grandpap's faces is distracting. An additional choice for collections in need of intergenerational stories.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Charlie and his Grandpap's special project is the watermelon patch, and Charlie declares they should grow a "wishing watermelon" in the patch. The pair works together to plant the watermelon seeds, which Charlie has been keeping safe in his shirt pocket. They work the seeds into the sandy soil, water it and then take a well-deserved break. Their daily routine then includes a regular check of the growing plants, in between trips to their secret fishing spot and swimming hole and games of basketball and cards. Meanwhile, Grandpap has been trying to guess what Charlie's wish will be and finally, he and Charlie find the perfect melon, which Charlie picks. Later at the house, he sticks his hand in the middle of the watermelon, pulls out a handful of seeds for planting next year and makes his wish. The story (and the ritual) ends with a juicy bite. Moser works in some nice horticultural details, and Schuett's radiant pictures, in acrylic and gouache, are as warm and friendly as the story. (Picture book. 4-7)
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"Schuett's radiant pictures, in acrylic and gouache, are as warm and friendly as the story." Kirkus Reviews

"This sweet story is filled with positive images of shared experiences and cooperation." School Library Journal

"Warm bordered paintings accentuate the affectionate relationship between grandfather and grandson." Horn Book Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547533803
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/18/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,326,168
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 34 MB
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Meet the Author

Lisa Moser has two books forthcoming from Candlewick. This will be her first book with Clarion. She lives in Grafton, WI.
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