“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.
From the author of Strictly No Elephants comes a sweet picture book that explores themes of selflessness and empathy when a girl has the chance to make just one wish.
In the grass, a girl finds an extraordinary thing that gives her…just…one…wish.
She asks her those around her what they would wish for in her shoes, but nothing seems quite right. What will her perfect wish be?
In this pitch-perfect picture book, Lisa Mantchev takes the concept of a magic wish and uses it to explore real world empathy, kindness, and good will.
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?
Lisa Mantchev is the author of many picture books, including Strictly No Elephants, which garnered awards and rave reviews and is published in fourteen countries. The New York Times called it “a sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” Her latest, Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews: “Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! will captivate readers with their irresistible fun.” Lisa lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her family. Visit her website at LisaMantchev.com.
Jessica is an illustrator currently based in Cambridgeshire, England. She makes her work using a combination of scanned watercolour washes and Photoshop, sometimes throwing in the odd pencil mark too! She has worked with several clients, most recently Hachette, Frances Lincoln and Walker Books. Jessica also makes her own work which she sells through her online shop and at markets across the UK.
For Luka, who arrived at the perfect time
For Erin and Elsie