Wishes

Wishes

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An arresting, poetic journey and a moving reflection on immigration, family, and home, from an acclaimed creative team.
Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on the littlest member of the family. Inspired by actual events in the author's life, this is a narrative that is both timely and timeless. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the story chronicles a family's difficult and powerful journey to pack up what they can carry and to leave their world behind, traveling to a new and unknown place in a crowded boat. With sparse, poetic, and lyrical text from acclaimed author Muon Thi Van, thoughtful back matter about the author's connection to the story, and luminous, stunning illustrations from Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree Victo Ngai, Wishes tells a powerful and timely story in a gentle and approachable way for young children and their families.





With themes of kindness, bravery, hope, and love running throughout, Wishes is a must-have book for every child's bookshelf.

Title:Wishes
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781338305890
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    Wishes Reviews

  • Betsy

    It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while I’m faced with reviewing a picture book that makes me feel inadequate to the task. It is a daunting proposition to tell people about books that get eve...

  • Lata

    Sad and hopeful short story about a family who quietly escape Vietnam one night, and setting out with several other families towards Hong Kong. The author relates that on her own similar journey, many...

  • Gary Anderson

    Wishes (Scholastic, 2021), the moving new picture book by Mượn Thị Văn and illustrated by Victo Ngai, is the story of a refugee family fleeing Vietnam for Hong Kong. Such a story is clearly frau...

  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa

    From the little kid on the cover staring directly at the reader with shining eyes (wishful? hopeful? on the verge of desperation?), to the author's sparse words that nevertheless deliver a punch to th...

  • Mary

    An achingly beautiful picture book about a young girl and her family leaving home quickly to board a small boat to find a new home. A heartrending story that speaks to the universal experience of long...

  • Katie Reilley

    Poetic, moving text is paired with stunning illustrations to tell the emotional story of one refugee family’s experience. Be sure to take off the book’s jacket to see the undies, and don’t miss ...

  • Roben

    Beautifully illustrated, Wishes follows the journey of a mother and her children as they flee their home and family to find a safer home. The story is told very simply and from the perspective of one ...

  • Sylvia

    Every once in awhile I come across a perfectly written and illustrated picture book, and wishes is one of those. In a mere 75 words, this is the lyrically-told story of a young girl's emigration journ...

  • Maleeha Siddiqui

    This picture book is the epitome of "less is more." There are only seventy-five words in total, but a big, emotional story resides between the lines. And the illustrations certainly tug at the heartst...

  • Laura

    Gorgeous artwork, and the minimalist text is so powerful. ARC provided by publisher....