The Wish Giver
The Wish Giver is a delightful picture book for 4-7s about making friends.
Themes: being new, making friends, fantasy, author collaboration
Windy Hollow Books, Australia
The Wish Giver is still available from the publisher's website even though it is an older title and isn't showing, so send an email from their website to place your order.
The photo is of Lenore Penner
What people are saying
'The Wish Giver' is a truly touching piece of literature for young readers.
'The Wish Giver' captures the imagination and Rosy polishes and cleans the glass of the window through which we peer so that we can see clearly what lies behind the story and skilfully creates something that will wend its way into our lives. Writers always seek to have their work leave an impression, a mark on their reader and she has certainly done a wonderful job with this text and the wonderful whimsical illustrations of Michele Mackintosh fuels the fascination perfectly.
Imagine a child's (and a parent's) delight to sit each night and be taken by the wonder of a Wish Giver. Something we at one time or another all long to have – something that gives us comfort and a feeling of security – an admirable achievement. ... but how would we choose to use this gift? Would we seek solace in the shadows of selfishness or seek to find a far more rewarding use of our treasure? Rosy and Lenore have given us some food for thought on that matter.
Adding to the experience 'The Wish Giver' offers is the creative and powerful input of Rosy's daughter Lenore. What a wonderful thing to be able to do with your daughter – brilliant. And the inherent warmth that you will find in 'The Wish Giver' is testament to the warm relationship Rosy shares with her daughter and indeed all her children.
Phil Cummings, author