Friday, November 30, 2018

WHERE WISHES GROW by Chris Sarracini

WHERE WISHES GROW by Chris Sarracini, Children, 56 pp., $18.99 (paperback)


Author: Chris Sarracini

Publisher: Brownridge Publishing

Pages: 56

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Where Wishes Grow… is the story of eight-year-old Maggie, a
pensive and courageous dreamer, whose big heart starts to break when her
grandmother becomes bedridden and sick with no recovery in sight.
Fortunately Maggie has some wishes in mind to breathe life into Nana and
is about to learn the secret for making them come true.

Watching Nana’s health fail has been difficult for Maggie and so now
much of her time is spent dreaming up wishes for ways she can help her.
Maggie conjures up three wishes for Nana she desperately wants to come
true: for Nana to see again to enjoy her favorite beautiful things, for
her to walk again to visit her favorite places, and for her to speak
again so that she and Maggie can sing their favorite songs. The problem
is, with wishes this important, Maggie wants to be sure she can realize
them; wishing upon stars that may be long dead or relying on birthday
candle hoopla just won’t cut it. Thankfully, Maggie’s mother knows the
secret for turning wishes into reality…you’ve got to write each wish
down and then go plant each one in just the right place. And, as Maggie
discovers, retelling the story of how each wish was planted turns out to
be the most magical part.



My Review: 5*

What a sweet book. Maggie's Nana has a brain hurt and can no longer see, walk or talk. Maggie wanted to make wishes to give Nana back all the colors, the music, and everything else she was now missing. Her Mother comes up with a plan for Maggie to to plant the wishes and let them grow. Each day she send Maggie to a specific place to plant the wish, then come home and tell her all about everything. This brings a smile to not on Maggie and Mothers face  but to Nana's as well. 

I have to admit this book brought a tear to my eye, I am dealing with a mother with dementia, and I try daily to give her things she is missing from her life. Chris Sarracini has done an amazing job with this book. The story is filled with love and compassion. I think this book would be great to read to even smaller children, children probably around the age of 8 and above would be able to read th book very easily.

The book is illustrated by Pauline Aksay. Each page is a full page illustration with the story over the pictures. These are drawn pictures more like watercolors. Each page is expressive and tells a lot of the story just by looking at the illustrations.

Chris Sarracini has been working in the comic book and film
industries for over 15 years. In addition to writing for a number of
successful comic book favorites including TRANSFORMERS, STREET FIGHTER
and DARK MINDS, his own creations include FATE OF THE BLADE and CASA
NOSTRA. As a screenwriter, he has worked with Universal Pictures, Disney
and Nasser Entertainment. His most recent publication is the children’s
picture book WHERE WISHES GROW…

Chris lives with his family in Toronto where he continues to create and write.

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