From the Publisher
Make a wish and the sky''s the limit in this delightful
rhyming story from the incomparable Jean Little.
If wishes were ice cream, our cones would be
If wishes were soapsuds, we''d blow shining bubbles.
In this charming new picture book, children and their wild
imaginations take centre stage! In a true celebration of wishers
and dreamers, Jean Little entertains readers with bouncy rhymes
depicting kids'' favourite wishes - from puppies to pancakes; and
sundaes to snowflakes.
Governor General''s award-winning Canadian illustrator Geneviève
Côté infuses each page with her inventive illustrations, literally
turning each spread into a carnival of fun!
If wishes were stories, there would only be one - this one!
About the Author
is one of Canada''s best-loved
children''s writers. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has
received numerous awards including a Canadian Children''s Book
Award, a Governor General''s Literary Award, and a Vicky Metcalf
Award for Body of Work. Jean is the author of more almost 50 books,
including Pippin the Christmas Pig
; Listen, Said the
; and The Sweetest One of All
. She lives in
Guelph, Ontario. Her website is www.jeanlittle.ca.
Geneviève Côté is the illustrator of the
picture books Me and You (Comme toi!),
Without You (Sans toi!), What Elephant?
(Quel éléphant?), and With You Always, Little
Monday (Je suis là, Petit Lundi). Her art has
appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street
Journal, and her awards include the Governor General''s Award
for Children''s Illustration and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver
Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Visit her online at
From the Author
How this story came to be:
"When I was a child, I was always wishing. "I wish I had a dog
of my own," I would sigh. Then my grandmother would smile and say,
"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." I knew she must mean
my wish would not come true, but what did that have to do with
horses or beggars? I now know that this saying was first used four
hundred years ago. Rich people rode around on horseback or in
coaches. Poor people walked. But beggars, watching the wealthy ride
by, must have wished they too could have a horse." -Jean Little
Format: Picture Books
Published: September 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd