“Sivu’s Six Wishes,”
by Jude Daly
Be careful what you wish for is advice that’s easy to give.
Be happy with who you are, and be grateful for the gifts you already have might be even better advice.
All are lessons storyteller and illustrator Jude Daly shares in this colorful book for children ages six to 10, a 32-page work from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
In this retelling of the folk tale of “The Stone Cutter” from ancient Taoist China, Daly updates the story to modern times.
Her stonemason hero Sivu can carve marvelous objects from stone, but his desire for wealth, possessions and most of all power leave him envious. His desires take over his thoughts to the extent that he mysteriously becomes whoever and whatever he wishes he were.
What happens to Sivu as a result makes for the kind of story that is sure to keep children’s interest.
Adults might encourage young people to take a longer and deeper look at the wit and creativity in the eye-catching illustrations that help tell the story. There are details that bring a chuckle or two and opportunities to make further points and teach additional lessons. — bz