5.22.2015

PPBF: I Wish You More

As graduation time comes back around, 
I'm super excited about today's PPBF pick.


Title: I Wish You More
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Date: March 31, 2015
Suitable for: ages 5-8 (and up!)
Themes: inspiration, motivation, wishes
Brief synopsis: The words on each page in this thoughtful, inspirational gem express a wish of all things good for the reader:


Opening page: I wish you more ups than downs.

Resources:

See more pages and download Teacher's Guide {here}.
The story behind the story as told by the illustrator {here}.
Read a review at Cool Mom Picks blog {here}.
Check out another review at Sal's Fiction Addiction {here}.

Why I like this book: As you may know, I'm always in the market for a good book, one that will grab me and refuse to let go. So the other night when I was browsing at Barnes & Noble, I was pleasantly surprised to happen on another newbie by the dynamic duo of Rosenthal and Lichtenheld. I read it in the store, but left without a copy for my shelf because I wasn't sure I needed more books right now. I was wrong. As I reflected on my way home, I wished I'd have bought a copy, and the very next morning I went back and bought four. It's that good. 

And not just for this time of year, though it'd be perfect for that special grad. I picked up a copy for myself, copies for two friends who find themselves at a crossroads in their life, and a copy to keep on hand.

I wish you more will than hill ... 
who wouldn't savor hearing that right now?

And how would I use this beauty?

As a gift, I can imagine finding a complementary scripture, inspirational quote or uplifting song to write alongside the wish on each page. 

In the classroom, I can imagine students making a wish page for a class book or individual booklets for parents, teachers, caregivers. 

I imagine students creating a bumper sticker. Here's mine:


I imagine writing wishes on address-label-sized stickers to seal the wrap around the napkin and plastic-wear at a local fast-food place.

I imagine a visual display on which we post students' wishes for one another and for our school family.

And I imagine using this treasure as a Reader's Theater and/or performed for special guests like Grandparents or Veterans.

What do you imagine doing with this precious book of wishes?
Leave your answer in the comments, then head over to 
Susanna's blog for more PPBF titles. 








20 comments:

  1. I love this picture book. Here's a "making of" post which is equally wonderful.
    THE STORY OF I WISH YOU MORE, AS TOLD BY TOM LICHTENHELD https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/the-story-of-i-wish-you-more-by-tom-lichtenheld/

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    1. Thanks for that hot-off-the-press story behind the story ... I've added a link under resources.

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  2. I am so glad you have chosen this one. The Nerdy Book club did a great post about the collaboration and how long it took - https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/the-story-of-i-wish-you-more-by-tom-lichtenheld/ . It feels like such a precious book to me, one I'd gift to many.

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    1. YES, it's the perfect gift book. Thanks for the link and stopping by, Joanna.

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  3. Like "I Love You Forever", I'm betting this book is loved more by adults with life experience than children. But that doesn't mean I love it any less!It just reinforces my belief that picture books are for everyone. :)

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    1. Yes, picture books are for everyone!

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  4. When I read other reviews of this book, I thought this one had your name on it! It is so positive and beautiful. I'm glad you included the link of the interview with Tom about his collaborative work with Amy. Great insight and fun to read. It is a beautiful gift book.
    Wish: I wish you more smiles than frowns."


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    1. Thank you, Pat. I can always count on you to stop by the Corner and leave a smile and a kind word behind. Much appreciated, for sure!

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  5. Oh, what a great idea, Barb...creating bumper stickers with kids. I read the interview about the collaborative work between Tom and Amy...fascinating...and helpful as well in seeing how brainstorming is a necessary part of writing picture books for children. Thanks for a great book pick!

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    1. Thank you, Vivian ~ super fun to see you back at the Corner. I think you'll love this one as much as I do.

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  6. Four copies, huh? After reading the post in the above mentioned link, I too cannot wait to see this one!

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    1. Yep, four copies; so thankful for my Educator Discount at Barnes and Noble! I think you'll love the "more hugs than ughs" page ... so clever.

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  7. This team does make exceptional books. Looks great! Thanks.

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    1. My pleasure. I think you'll agree that this one is no exception to their extraordinary work.

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  8. Thank you for the recommendation! I bought 3 books yesterday;) Plan on gifting two and sharing " my copy" with my students next week!!💕

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    1. I hope they'll LOVE it as much as we do. Do let me know what grade they're in and what they think!

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  9. What a perfect book to give to people you love! Thank you so much for sharing your review.

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    1. Absolutely! Wishes for goodness; what could be a better gift? So happy to have had the chance to introduce you to this treasure!

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  10. This sounds like a heart warming winner! We can always count on those two. Have you ever seen Amy Krouse Rosenthal;s book for adults? If I recall the title correctly---An Encyclopedia of my Life. She is amazingly creative!!

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    1. Thank you, Lindsey, for coming by. No, I don't know about Amy's adult book but I am definitely going to check it out. Oh, and I totally gree about her astounding creativity!!

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