The Wish   -     By: Elle Van Lieshout
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The Wish

Boyds Mills Press / 2007 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Boyds Mills Press
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 1932425918
Ages: 2-6

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This trio of Dutch newcomers suggests that even little wishes can bring great happiness. Lila, a red-headed woman in a billowing blue dress and stark-white apron, lives "far away from the rest of the world," sowing seeds, picking beans and making applesauce. She's got a big orange cat, and a neighbor with a red tractor, but in the deep of winter, when she runs out of food, she's on her own. Gerritsen draws the potentially tense empty pantry scene tongue-in-cheek; the cat peers mournfully through an empty glass jar. Lila wishes on a star for enough flour to make bread, and gets it. "Of course, she could have wished for something completely different...," the narrator explains, "a mountain of gold and diamonds, a carriage, and a palace with servants." Fantasy spreads show Lila ill-at-ease in a Cinderella-style ball gown. Lila does, however, hazard one extravagant wish, for "two cakes-and a tractor-shiny red-with a chauffeur." For younger readers who can't connect the dots, Gerritsen depicts Lila and the neighboring farmer tearing through the sunflowers in the tractor, the cat hanging gamely to the smokestack. A heavier-handed setting might have made readers impatient with Lila's stubborn refusal to wish big; as it is, they will wish they could meet Lila themselves. Ages 2-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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