I Wish For Snow


Christmas is a three-day festival. On the Third Day (Children's Day), the Medicine Man (Shaman) uses his powers to grant the wish of the festival's Best Boy and Best Girl. Raymondi asked for his turtle's return. De'asha wish for snow. The shaman used all of his powers to bring snow ... was De'asha's wish too big?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will relate to this picture book on two levels: anticipation of having wishes granted at Christmas and wishes for snow.

Content Awareness Factors:

In seeking to have her wish fulfilled, De'asha prayed, but the basis of her faith is unclear. Is she speaking to Zanahary, as part of a traditional Malagasy belief or as a Christian?

Little Kid Reaction

Initially, our child was reluctant to listen to this story. But after we read it, she asked for the book so that she could look at it by herself. She spent a lot of time looking at the illustrations, studying the pictures and the children's faces.

Big Kid Reaction

This was a nice story to read and the illustrations are nice. We had anticipated learning more about holiday traditions in Madagascar, but the story focused largely on De'asha's wish. The "Did you Know" information was disappointing and 3 of 4 facts were not relevant to the story and come across as throw-ins.

Type of Book:
This is a seasonal book blending cultural tradition with events/feelings universal to all kids.
Educational Themes:

A globe or world map will help you pinpoint Madagascar and show why snow is an unlikely possibility. There are four "factoids" in the back that can offer some direction in learning about Madagascar and the Malagasy, as well as about what a total eclipse is.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story is one that children can understand, with magic and wishes taking center stage.

Title I Wish for Snow
Author Nicole Perkins
Publisher Azreal Publishing © 2004
Illustrators Chuma P. C. Ogene
ISBN 0975556606
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Cultures & Tradition, Seasons, Holidays, Religion
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