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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Wish, Miracle, Me!, written by Lindsey Coad and illustrated by Kim MacPherson, is A Modern Family Love Poem for Donor-Conceived Children. A young girl named Harvey narrates the journey of her life from conception to adulthood. She tells her story with profound honesty, love, and hope. The relationship between Harvey and her mother has incredible depth. Harvey's understanding of how her mother's love and the selfless support of a sperm donor gave her life is beautiful. When Harvey becomes an adult, she will have the opportunity to meet him if she chooses. Harvey also has a relationship with siblings that she shares with the same donor. Each page and stage of Harvey's experiences are brought to life in full color and vivid detail through the artwork of MacPherson.
I am in complete and absolute awe by the wonder of Wish, Miracle, Me! Lindsey Coad has a true talent for weaving the lyrical words of the donor-child experience through Harvey's soliloquy and leaves no doubt whatsoever about the beauty of her conception. Love practically drips from the page and the influence Harvey has over her choices and her life. Her outlook parallels with the woman who was determined to bring Harvey into the world: her mother. Leaning into this message of strength are the visual depictions of Harvey, her mother, her donor-father, and other children, who are all linked by a common thread. Through realistic traditional sketches and a fresh breath of whimsy, MacPherson's and Coad's talents shine. Together their pairing is a dream team of story creation, and I can't recommend it enough.