Wish

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WishMatthew Cordell. Disney*Hyperion, 2015.

Two elephants want to expand their family, but learn that wishes come true on their own time. Although the elephant couple makes plans for a new arrival–they learn, they build, they journey–their bundle of joy does not arrive. So they wait and listen patiently. Their new family member is still not on the horizon. Eventually, the elephants stop making plans and carry on with life, still hoping to one day have a child of their own. Then, suddenly, everything happens. This picture book powerfully ends with the repetition of these words paced over three different spreads: you are here.

The whimsical water colour illustrations and sparse text beautifully and gently address the sensitive topic of the uncertainty and challenges of starting a family, be it through adoption or procreation. Wish would be a fitting read for adults and children waiting to add to their family.

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