We love browsing our local library for new books. When I saw Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson, I knew we had to check it out.
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This book lets us join in on Carmela’s birthday. She is finally old enough to accompany her big brother on errands and she is very excited about it. Carmela pick’s a dandelion and her brother tells her that she has to make a wish. She explores options such as her mom being able to stay in the fancy hotel she works in, having her dad be able to come to America, or even a new bicycle. In the end, she is so distracted by thinking about wishes, that she falls and her dandelion goes flying everywhere. Her brother saves the day by taking her to the ocean, where there are parts of dandelions everywhere, so that she can make her wish. I love how this book is both simple and realistic. It was an inspirational and beautifully written book to end the day.