The Perfectly Perfect Wish
The Perfectly Perfect Wish

The Perfectly Perfect Wish

Written by Lisa Mantchev & illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
4 - 8
Reading age
Page count
Feb 4, 2020
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A heartwarming tale providing perspective, empathy, and selflessness.

Something “extraordinary” sparkles in the grass as a girl waits at the bus stop. She’s found a wish! Displaying her trusting character, the girl shows the bus driver, who councils her to carefully choose the “perfectly perfect wish.” Vivid hopes flicker through her mind . . . should she wish for pointe shoes, or a trip to Japan? When asked, her two friends and teacher promptly respond with what they’d choose: a puppy, a father to return from military service, and a home for her family (respectively). With each answer, she nods understandingly, thoughtfully realizing that her wishes feel small—she doesn’t “have to worry a big worry” like having a father away serving. In a way that goes above cliché, she unselfishly wishes for everyone else to receive their wish. Pairing perfectly with the story, the detailed black-and-white illustrations are juxtaposed with the bright and colorful depictions of magical wishes. Beautiful greenery and florals on almost every page create a soft, idyllic, and whimsical feel, gloriously showcasing a modern and fresh look at nature with a technique that borders on pointillism. Arguably more amazing than the illustrations is the nameless character who demonstrates selflessness and empathy while contemplating her wish, providing the heartwarming, important example of appreciating what she has and helping others along her way.

What Kind of Book is The Perfectly Perfect Wish


kindnesswishesempathyfriendshipvalues and virtuessocial themesgenerosity and givingcaring

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • When a girl finds a wish on the ground, she needs to think of a perfectly perfect wish to use it one. Do you have a wish immediately come to mind that you'd ask for, or are you more like the main character, weighing out different options?
  • When she finds the wish on the ground, she tells the first person she sees about it—the bus driver. She also asks other friends what they would wish for. If you found the wish on the ground, would you keep it a secret or selflessly ask others for ideas to figure out the best wish to use it on?


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 4, 2020
Simon and Schuster-Paula Wiseman Books
Text Details
The text for this book was set in Sentinel.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book were rendered in watercolor, and digitally.
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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