by Matthew Cordell
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 1.0
4 out of 5 stars
This isn’t a book that will appeal or be understood by all children. It has a pretty specific target audience — families who struggled to have children.
Wish tells the story of an elephant couple who start their life together as a two-person “us.” They plan, learn, build, and journey together, but they get to the point where they dream of having a child. So they plan, learn, build, journey, and wait for the child to join them. However, the wait becomes so long that they move on. In time, a child comes to them and they celebrate.
The illustrations are sweet, and clearly and beautifully depict the couple’s wish for a child. The child arrives in a boat, so whether the child comes to the couple biologically or via adoption is left ambiguous. If a parent is sharing this experience with a child, the meaning can fit their personal experience.
This book is also a reminder to tell our children how much they were, and are, wanted!