Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World

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This lively compilation of wishing traditions from around the world is sure to educate and inspire young readersand makes a perfect gift! Each charming custom provides insight into the cultures of lands far and near while reminding us of the similarities we all share. Includes Japan, China, Thailand, Russia, Iran, Israel, India, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Ireland,Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.

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Overview

This lively compilation of wishing traditions from around the world is sure to educate and inspire young readersand makes a perfect gift! Each charming custom provides insight into the cultures of lands far and near while reminding us of the similarities we all share. Includes Japan, China, Thailand, Russia, Iran, Israel, India, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Ireland,Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.

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Publishers Weekly

"The many ways to make a wish wherever home may be" come in for lighthearted yet respectful exploration in this attractive square-format book. Thong (Red Is a Dragon) entices readers with consistently well-rhymed verses ("We puff on dandelions/ with their fluff as white as milk-/ our wishes sail through the breeze/ on parachutes of silk"), following up each with a brief description of a national custom. Some may be familiar-throwing coins into Rome's Trevi Fountain or offering prayers at Jerusalem's Western Wall-but many will be new to most readers: in India children make secret wishes on peacock feathers and save them in notebooks or diaries. Rendered in Kleven's (The Paper Princess) kaleidoscopic style, many of the full-bleed spreads nearly shimmer, as in the picture of Brazilian children jumping waves on New Year's Day. The book ends with a multiethnic group of American children blowing out birthday cake candles, inviting readers to look at their own practices from a newly broadened perspective. Endnotes include more information along with an invitation to find 15 lucky symbols hidden in the pictures. Ages 5-9. (Nov.)

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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
This book contains wishing traditions from all around the world that parents love to share with their children. Children love to make wishes that reflect their culture, their family, and the desires of their hearts. Readers of this book will learn about wishing traditions that are different from their own and will have an opportunity to wish in new ways. The bright, colorful, and engaging illustrations reflect the cultures and traditions of each country in the book. This is a wonderful, colorful, enjoyable book that parents can read and share with their children. It is also a great book for teachers to read aloud to their students. It is a book that will enhance any library, as it is sure to be enjoyed by all who read it. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

Through elaborate yearly festivals and humble everyday rituals, children around the world go about their wishing in many ways. Thong gives readers a global tour of various traditions, covering 15 countries. Youngsters in Guatemala fly decorative kites to carry their wishes to the gods on All Saints' and All Souls' Days, while children in India tuck lucky peacock feathers into their schoolbooks in hopes of scholastic achievement. In a tradition descended from ancient sailors, Roman children toss coins into fountains, while Chinese people toss scrolls tied to oranges up into the branches of the banyan tree. For each stop on this unique tour, Thong presents a melodic poem suitable for reading aloud. Each one is accompanied by a brief explanation of the tradition; additional information appears at the back of the book. Kleven's rich, mixed-media illustrations of joyful figures and inviting landscapes-reminiscent of the shimmering style of Marc Chagall-provide plenty to look at. A selection of lucky symbols to search for in the pictures adds to the fun. This positive introduction to worldwide traditions belongs in most collections.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811857161
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 313,825
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roseanne Thong lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now resides in California and is the author of Red Is a Dragon.

As a child, Elisa Kleven enjoyed using her imagination to create magical worlds. This love of the fantastical greatly influences her illustration and writing. Elisa lives in Albany, California, with her husband and children.

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