Wishes: A powerful story about one refugee family's search for a new home by Muon Thi Van (author) and Victo Ngai (illustrator)

Wishes: A powerful story about one refugee family's search for a new home

Suitable for 5 - 11 years

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A lyrical picture book and a moving reflection on immigration, family and home.Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family’s search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on the littlest member of the family. Inspired by actual events in the author’s life, this is a narrative that is both timely and timeless. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the story chronicles a family’s difficult and powerful journey to pack up what they can carry and to leave their world behind, traveling to a new and unknown place in a crowded boat. Wishes tells a powerful and timely story in a gentle and approachable way for young children and their families. With themes of kindness, bravery, hope, and love running throughout, Wishes is a must-have book for every child’s bookshelf.

  • With poetic and lyrical text from acclaimed author Muon Thi Van
  • Contains thoughtful back matter about the author’s connection to the story
  • Stunning illustrations from Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree Victo Ngai

Our July 2021 Ages 3-4 Book of the Month

Sometimes a book comes along, and you are not really sure where to place it because it works on different levels. But you know it is an important book, with a story that needs to be told and shared with the widest possible audience. This story of a refugee family seeking a new home is one of them, and is inspired by the author’s personal experience. I’ve put as my 3+ pick as the text is very sparse, but it’s messaging really carries it to older children of up to age 7. I feel the illustrator sums this up far better than anything I could say:

‘There are only 75 words in total yet a substantial amount of story and emotion are packed in between the lines… The restraint and omission make the story all the more powerful.’

A very thought-provoking, powerful and timely book, particularly resonant at the moment. This book is a great conversation starter about an important topic, it’s incredibly moving and the illustrations are simply breathtaking.

Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6
Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6

Product Details

Catalogue number

2676 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25




Scholastic US

Date published

July 1st, 2021

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  • 40 pages



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