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The Wishing Chair

The Wishing Chair

by Rick Dupre

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Eldon spends his Sundays with his Granny Thelma while his mother works in the city. Playing imaginative games fills much of his time, but now and then she sits him down in the ``perfect-for-upside-down-sitting, big-purple-flowered...story-listening wishing chair'' and tells him of civil rights workers such as Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer. When he grows older and Granny decides to leave Minnesota and move back to Mississippi, she tells him one more story about ``a boy named Eldon who was proud and strong,'' and gives him the chair. While the premise is touching and heartfelt, the book suffers from an overwrought quality. The text overexplains instead of letting a potentially moving story speak for itself. More problematic than the writing are the illustrations, done in almost violently garish colors. The awkward angles and sometimes unnatural facial expressions are uncomfortable to look at. And in attempting to show Eldon's imagination come to life, the pictures are too specific and literal. It is disappointing that a book about an African-American boy, inspired and supported in his struggles and dreams by a loving grandmother, is so flawed.-Stephen Del Vecchio, Family Academy, New York City

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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