________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 8. . . .October 23, 2009

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When Wishes Come True.

Per-Henrik Gürth.
Montreal, PQ: Lobster Press, 2009.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-897550-23-6.

Subject Heading:
Polar Bear-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Christine Torchia.

**** /4

   

excerpt:

“Sometimes I close my eyes and I wish and I wish and I wish I was a king.

Then I would live in a magic castle full of toys and candy and butterflies and chocolate.

But when I open my eyes, I see my wish hasn't come true.”

"Some wishes might not come true, but many others do," comforted Mother Bear as she put her big arms around him. "You often wish for us to go out at night to gaze at the stars and watch for the northern lights. And we do.

" Yes I like that very much," Little Bear agreed, smiling a little.

Per-Henrik Gürth has composed a heartfelt story that will be enjoyed by youngsters and parents alike. Beautifully illustrated, the cover immediately draws readers in with Mother and Baby Bear embraced in a loving hug. Throughout the story, the illustrations are just as charming, and readers can see the story come to life.

internal art     Little Bear would smile if only his wishes came true. Sharing his feelings with Mother Bear, Little Bear wishes to be an astronaut flying to the moon, a pirate sailing across the sea, or a king living in a castle. But when he opens his eyes, these dreams haven't come true. Mother Bear tenderly explains that, although not all wishes come true, some do. As Mother Bear describes each wish, Little Bear smiles as he thinks about wishing to stay out at night and watch the northern lights, diving in the sea with the belugas, having his favourite breakfast or wishing to catch snowflakes and go sledding. Little Bear is even more pleased to discover when Mother Bears closed her eyes and wished her biggest wish it came true. Mother Bear tells Little Bear "...I wished and I wished and I wished...for you."

     When Wishes Come True will make a great addition to any children's library or classroom. My eight-year-old was especially taken in by the polar bears, his favourite animal. When Wishes Come True is a touching, feel-good story that has become one of our favorites and will be cherished for a long time.

Recommended.

Christine Torchia, an Early Childhood educator/educational assistant and mother of two elementary school children, lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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