The Wishing Apple

Children - Grade K-3rd
49 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2020
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Joshua lived in a small house surrounded by a big yard. There was a tall old apple tree in the middle, and Joshua had many thoughts attached to the tree; some were happy, some were not too pleasant. It was a place he felt safe to think about anything and planning new stuff. One day Joshua came up with an exciting idea which was more of a wish and he wondered how to make wishes come true. He did not have the patience to wait for two months till his birthday came and silently make a wish while he blew out all the candles. He decided to wish upon a shooting star and that night he looked up at the starry sky and waited and waited till he fell asleep.

The Wishing Apple by Liat Keren is a magical story that conveys good messages to young readers when it comes to wishing, dreaming, and how to make wishes and dreams come true. Ruth Kenan adds to the enchantment of the story with her whimsical illustrations and pulls in readers to experience the magic until the very end. I liked the idea of the imaginative diary at the end of the book. This makes it fun and interactive for tutors and parents to use in classrooms and homes when it comes to discussing wishes and dreams with children. It is a good book to gift children as it is a wonderful blend of fantasy and reality and they will know how to make their wishes come true.