Perfect Picture Book Friday: Carmela Full of Wishes

Today I’m participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. Be sure to check it out here.

I have a basket of picture books by my desk that I dip into and out of all the time. They are books that fill me with joy or books that help me be a better writer. Some of the titles may rotate depending on the project I’m working on or to make room for something new, but some stay as old friends. Carmela Full of Wishes has a permanent spot in my basket.

Title: Carmela Full of Wishes

Author: Matt de la Peña

Illustrator: Christian Robinson

Publisher: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 2018

Audience: Ages 5-8 and up

Themes: Family, hope, community

Opening lines: Carmela scootered along the uneven dirt path, watching men stoop to work with their hands, her birthday bracelets jingling and jangling. The thick greenhouse air smelled of marigolds and overturned earth and fresh manure.

Synopsis: (from Amazon) When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish.

Why I Like This Book: Carmela Full of Wishes Is a book where all children can see themselves and relate to Carmela’s relationship with her brother and her need to understand the just-right wish to make. The text provides numerous examples that aspiring writers and teachers of writing can use to illustrate successful writing strategies – word choice, structure, pacing, and character development to name just a few. The art pares beautifully with the text to add another rich layer. This book sings with heart!

For Susanna’s complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

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7 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday: Carmela Full of Wishes

  1. How fun! We both chose to share books for Perfect Picture Book Friday that include a dandelion. I haven’t come across Carmela Full of Wishes, and will definitely add it to my picture book wish list. We all need something to wish on and hope for.

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  2. I always love Christian Robinson’s work, and this looks like a great pairing of his art with subject matter that kids will love. Great pick!

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  3. What a beautiful book and message. Will look out for this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What a sweet share today about the relationship between siblings and their important find! There are so many ways to think about dandelions. I think of dandelions as a humble flower — or representing humility in a single wish.

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  5. Sue Heavenrich says:

    this sounds like such a perfect picture book! definitely putting it on my list to read.

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  6. Meg says:

    This is a wonderful book! I have a copy of this that Matt autographed for me at a library conference – it was a great experience!

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