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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Darby Green lived in Squeegee Hollow and one Wednesday morning he was walking to school with his friends, Popper Jade, Fritzy Teal, and Tiffany. As they passed Mr. Harvey's Toy Store, Darby noticed the sign for an Art Contest where the winner was given the choice of picking up any toy from the toystore. No one drew like Popper and Darby wanted him to join the contest. Popper said he was going to and the other kids knew if Popper joined the contest they stood no chance. Though Popper was good at drawing, he found remembering hard and however hard he studied, he could not remember the answers to the first, second, and third questions for the test that day. He wondered why he couldn't be as smart as Fritzy. During recess, it was time to choose a team and everyone was choosing their baseball team members. No one wanted Fritzy in their team and it was nothing new for him when he was the only one left. Darby's team was not happy having Fritzy in the team and when Fritzy's chance to bat came, he was bad.
I Wish by Sandi Walker Scoggins celebrates differences and is about self-acceptance, sharing talents, and self-confidence. As the story progresses, readers get to see how Darby and each one of his friends excelled at different things and how they decided to help each other instead of being unhappy with what they could not do. Brelyn Giffin's colorful and lively illustrations give clarity and breathe life into the concept and the characters and make these tangible for young readers. The message conveyed is excellent and will stop children from comparing themselves with each other and appreciate what they have instead of feeling sad over what they don't have.