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Author: Nolen, Jerdine
A tale of a little girl who wishes for her father to be home more, but she never expects her wish to come true the way it does.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 63998
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/14)
School Library Journal (09/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/12/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 1–3—Irene's papa has a magic touch, and he can make just about anything grow ("Papa always says, 'If a star can grow inside an apple, anything is possible!'"; "'Seeds,' he says, 'are very full of possibilities.'"). His work keeps him quite busy, and the children wish he could spend more time at home playing with them. The man finds out just how far those possibilities can go when Irene accidentally serves him iced tea filled with the kids' secret stash of seeds. He undergoes a radical transformation, and although he is still loved and considered part of the family, his wife and children long for him to return to normal. As she did in Plantzilla (Harcourt, 2002), Nolen proves again her ability to weave nature and life cycles into fanciful stories that children and adults will enjoy. Although Irene's Wish is a bit text-heavy for some newly independent readers, the themes of family, devotion, and the power of wishing will resonate with many. Ford's illustrations, rendered in acrylics and oil, bring life to the action with deep texture and vivid detail. This book will be a perfect family read, tucking many children in for dreams of grand possibility.—Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/01/2014 Irene’s papa has a green thumb, and people regularly come to him for help with their plants. He is an optimistic man who loves gardening and believes that “seeds are very full of possibilities.” Irene wishes long and hard that her father wasn’t so busy and could spend more time at home playing with her and her brothers. One bright summer day, her father swallows a variety of seeds mistakenly mixed into a glass of iced tea, and he begins to grow into an unusual-looking tree. Though Irene finally has the stay-at-home father she had fervently wished for—he is firmly rooted in the garden now—it’s just not the same. She realizes it’s up to her to wish him back to being Papa again. Luminous, saturated acrylics and oil illustrations create a warm, cozy story of a close-knit African American family who just need a priority reset. Lush green trees, brilliant blue skies with fluffy white clouds, and almost tangible textures throughout, especially when Papa is blooming, will captivate readers. A fanciful, cautionary tale that reminds children to be careful what they wish for. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.