Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. Plus, this is the fixed format version, which will look almost identical to the print version.
In what is essentially a string of secular blessings, an unseen parent/caretaker expresses its hopes for a child's future. Building her stanzas around the idea of "more," Rosenthal (who has teamed with Lichtenheld on Duck! Rabbit! and other bestselling titles) invokes rhymes, wordplay, and relatable metaphors, keeping the tone hopeful and upbeat; Lichtenheld follows suit, presenting a multiethnic cadre of smiling, curious, and hardworking children. "I wish you more ups than downs," Rosenthal begins, as two children race across a windswept green field, a tiny red kite trailing overhead. For "I wish you more will than hill," Lichtenheld shows a boy sweating under the exertion of toting a to-be-planted sapling uphill, and for "I wish you more can than knot," a girl's dog stares intently as she attempts to tie her shoes. After a dozen or so of these statements, Rosenthal concludes with a line that's certain to reassure children that they are loved: "I wish all of this for you, because you are everything I could wish for... and more." Ages 5 8.
Heartwarming and uplifting
This is a book every adult should have heard as a child and every child should hear from the adults who love them, “you are all I wished for and more”. How amazing our world would be if every child heard this message.