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Dandelion Wish Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-One summer day, while playing in the fields, Sam recalls his granny telling him that you can make a wish if you blow all the dandelion seeds in the air on one breath. He and his friend give it a try, and lo and behold, up the lane comes a magical carnival with "a dancing dragon, a pirate ship-, a mermaid on a seaweed throne, a dinosaur, and a clown." At the end of the day, after a bonfire, fireworks, and songs, the carnival vanishes down the lane again. Early next morning, the children run back to the field and make another wish because "A dandelion wish is a wish to come true-." An imaginative and lyrical text is paired with lovely impressionistic illustrations radiating light and sunshine, and full of feathery dandelion seeds floating everywhere. Indeed, the carnival people seem to be created entirely from the wispy seeds. The half-real and half-dreamlike story is rather slight but will captivate readers with its rhythmic words, as the pictures do with their beauty, giving the book possibilities for storytime as well as quiet one-on-one sharing.
Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Bored with their usual games in a sunlit field, two young preschoolers, Sam and Jo, blow away all the seeds of a dandelion head in one breath, and true to tradition, their wish comes true: a rousing carnival comes to their quiet country meadow. Sam is blond, Jo is dark-skinned; both are angelically beautiful. No wild things happen here. The clouds of seeds are like summery snow, and the rhythmic words and glowing, textured double-page spread paintings show a carnival where the horses are golden, the carousel plays a waltz, and even the scariest pirates, dragons, crocodiles, and dinosaurs smile and join in the play. The appeal is that the children are in control of the world of make-believe, which is both cozy and exciting. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789463261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789463265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We checked this book out of the library for our 3 1/2 year old. The illustrations are beautiful. The text is so "gentle" and soothing, and it is not too long, so it makes a great story to read at bedtime. We read it every night that we had it checked out of the library - I may have to buy it!! I highly recommend this book for preschoolers and early elementary children.
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A while back, I took my niece to a park and grass was all you could see. The next time we went to the park, flowers had grown everywhere. My niece was overjoyed and kept saying her wish had come true. Finally she told me she had wished that the next time she visited the park, the entire park would be filled with flowers.

Sam and Jo have a field they play in, yet today they can't think of any more fun games to play. In The Dandelion Wish, dandelions fill an entire field as Sam and Jo whisper a secret wish as they try to blow all the dandelion seeds in one breath.

Each illustrated page is filled with dandelion seeds in the most creative way. "My granny says you can make a wish if you blow all the seeds in one breath." -Sam "But do wishes come true?" -Jo After making their wish, they run to the gate and see balloons and a grand parade.

It seems a circus has come to town. Sam and Jo just know their wish has come true and get to see a puppet show, eat popcorn, soar in a silver spaceship and bounce on a trampoline. As their parents carry them home under the summer moon, you see a crocodile creeping down the lane following the pirate ship.

Early the next day they run to the dandelion field expecting the carnival to still be there, but it is gone. "Just then a breeze danced over the field...." The children hurry to make a wish because a dandelion wish will always come true.

Joan Cockcroft has also illustrated The Little Sea pony by Helen Cresswell and A Flag for Grandma by Sally Grindley. Sandra Ann Horn's first book was Tattybogle and she is also the author of: Kofi and the Butterflies.

Children will be fascinated by the possibility of their own wishes coming true.

~The Rebecca Review
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This is a lovely picture book about nature and the travels of a dandelion seed. A nice book to share and snuggle with young children.
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