Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.(goodreads summary)
Little Charles is hoping to find a wish tree. His siblings tell him there is no such thing but that does not stop him. Charles and his toboggan "Boggan" decide to set out the next day looking for one because he believes it just may be out there. While on his search, he encounters a few forest animals in need of some help. With the assistance of his trusty friend Boggan, Charles is willing to help each one along his journey to find that special wish tree.
This sweet picture book is perfect for the cold winter days still to come. The gentle and kind nature of Charles' character, along with the charming warm illustrations, gives this story a calm and serene feel during reading. Children may visualize being out in the quiet of the forest as Charles and Boggan Whishhhh along the soft white snow. It does make for a good read-aloud as well but the ending did leave me with a bit of question mark. But afterwards, I thought it just may offer an opportunity for imagination with discussion. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-6.
Title: The Wish Tree
Author: Kyo Maclear, illustrations by Chris Turnham
Pub. date: September 2016
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Hardcover, 40 pgs