Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World

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This lively compilation of wishing traditions from around the world is sure to educate and inspire young readersand makes a perfect gift! Each charming custom provides insight into the cultures of lands far and near while reminding us of the similarities we all share. Includes Japan, China, Thailand, Russia, Iran, Israel, India, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Ireland,Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.

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Roseanne Thong lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now resides in California and is the author of Red Is a Dragon.

As a child, Elisa Kleven enjoyed using her imagination to create magical worlds. This love of the fantastical greatly influences her illustration and writing. Elisa lives in Albany, California, with her husband and children.

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This visually captivating book highlights wishing customs in countries around the world. Each double-page spread includes a bordered box carrying a rhymed couplet and a paragraph of text on practices such as wishing while throwing flowers and combs into the sea on New Year’s Day in Brazil or, in Ireland, wishing while blowing all the seeds off a dandelion puff in one breath. Additional facts about each tradition, as well as tiny lucky symbols hidden in the pictures, appear on the closing spread. Often infused with a sense of community and celebration, the colorful double-page illustrations are brimming with life and movement, while offering many intriguing details for children to absorb. The multimedia artwork includes drawn and painted elements as well as shapes cut from patterned papers and woven materials. The world maps painted on the endpapers feature tiny pictures representing a wishing custom in each country marked. An original presentation. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

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