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"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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.