A beautiful book for anyone who wants to express how much somebody means to them.
There is no ‘story’, as such, to this book; it is simply a collection of wishes:
‘I wish you more ups than downs.
I wish you more give than take.
I wish you more we than me.
I wish you more hugs than ughs.’
Each page is dedicated to one wish, with beautiful, thought-provoking words and a bright, colourful illustration, by Tom Lichtenheld.
Why I love it:
The words are gorgeous and the thought behind them is just divine. The message of each page is the same: I want the very best for you and I love you, but the author has come up with child-friendly, inventive ways of expressing this. I love lines like: ‘I wish you more tippy-toes than deep’ and ‘I wish you more will than hill’.
This is another book simple enough for your child to read (my son loved this one!) but deep enough in its message, that there is plenty to discuss and plenty to take from it.
Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:
- Wanting the very best for someone you love
- How to express love
Questions to ask your child:
- What do you think this book might be about?
- Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
- Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
- What is the boy on the cover doing?
- Based on the colours used on the cover, do you think this is a happy kind of book or a sad kind of book?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
- What was your favourite page? Why?
- Was there a page where you didn’t really understand what it meant? If so, which one was it?
- Are there people in your life you could read this book to? Who are they?
- If you had to write another page for this book, what would you write?
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