I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
This is a sweet picture book that consists of a collection of wishes for a child, rather than telling a story. Each two-page spread is one wish, with charming illustrations expressing the wish. The book opens with an illustration of two children flying a kite across a green field, with the wish: “I wish you more ups than downs.” Several more wishes follow, and the book closes with the lovely declaration: “I wish all of this for you, because you are everything I could wish for… and more.”
The wishes can be understood by children with the help of the illustrations, but also have deeper meaning for adults that children may not comprehend, which gives the book added depth and emotion for the adult reader. For example, a child may take the wish accompanied by the illustration of the kite as just a wish that the kite flies, but adults understand it also wishes for a life with more happiness than sorrow. A wish accompanied by an illustration of a girl watching a caterpillar on a sidewalk reads, “I wish you more pause than fast-forward.” A child may not understand this, but I take it to mean a life with time to savor all the wonderful moments, instead of being rushed. The child can still appreciate the wonder of the caterpillar and understand sometimes going slow rather than fast. A beautiful celebration of love between children and parents or other loving adults in their lives that adults can also appreciate.