‘Wish’ by Chris Saunders is an adorable heart-warming story of a selfless little rabbit who gets three wishes but does not know what to wish for.
He asks his friends Mouse, Fox and Bear what they would with for hoping their advice would help him decide. Mouse would love to be able to fly, Fox craves inspiration to write exciting stories, while Bear would love to go on an adventure in the sea.
After each conversation, Little Rabbit asks himself ‘Is this wish for me?’ Finally, he decides to grant all three wishes he had to his friends to make them happy. His friends are touched by his generosity. I especially loved the words of Little Mouse:
‘By noticing me, you helped me feel tall, treating me as your equal, even though I am small. So if you find yourself lost, forgotten or alone, just look to the sky and I will guide you home.’
They all decide to treat the Little Rabbit to a special surprise and take him on a joint adventure.
The story was very kind and sweet with a lovely message of thinking of others’ needs and wishes before you think about yourself. The illustrations, which are soft and dreamy with gentle colours, help to create a magical world where wishes come true and friends are there for you to share the joy of an adventure.
A perfect bedtime story and an ideal gift for any child, bound to become their favourite.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.