What We're Reading This Week {Carmela Full of Wishes}

Up in our neck of the woods, the weather has been cold and dreary for the past week. Needless to say, it's been a "snuggle up at home in our comfy clothes" kind of weekend. We never really need an excuse to read, but it was the perfect time to catch up on some good books that were on our to-read list. This included checking out a new picture book that we had received just the other day.

The artwork in this book was what initially intrigued me. The first thing that I had noticed was that the little girl was holding a dandelion in her hand while standing near some sort of body of water. My son and I quickly snuggled up on the couch with anticipation, since we were finally going to see what our new book, Carmela Full of Wishes, was all about.

It's Carmela's birthday and she is excited to finally be old enough to follow her brother around for the day and help with the family's errands. While this may not sound like such a thrilling way for a young child to spend her birthday, she was excited, nonetheless, since it's not everyday that she gets to tag along with her older sibling.

It's all work and no play for her brother, but when Carmela stops to blow the fuzzy seeds off of a dandelion, he quickly reminds her to make a wish before doing so. Not only was Carmela unaware of the whole idea of making a wish before setting those seeds free to roam the air, but she was now stumped by what to wish for. There are so many possibilities. Not only does she think of what she might like, but she also thoughtfully considers what her family might want. Carmela soon worries that with only one wish, she will make the wrong one. Then something else happens, which only leads her to feel even more discouraged.

I don't want to give too many spoilers away, but there is a build-up to a precious outcome for Carmela thanks to a thoughtful, unexpected gesture by her brother. The very last sentence provides an ending, but is also written in a way where you can take the entire story as being open-ended. I guess it's all in the way you really interpret it. I personally feel it would make for an interesting discussion starter between parents and children. There are various themes that can be taken in from this book, but ultimately the story focuses on the strong bond between family, and the hopes and dreams of a young child.


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 panaderĂ­a, 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. If only she can think of just the right wish to make...