Rose and the Wish Thing: A Journey of Friendship By Caroline Magerl

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Rose and the Wish Thing:  Children’s Picture Book Shows Children That Sometimes What You’re Looking For is Right Outside Your Own Window

Houston, TX, December 30, 2015 – Caroline Magerl’s new children’s picture book, Rose and the Wish Thing, will surely strike a chord with children, parents and teachers alike.  Moving to a new city or town, or any change for that matter, can be a daunting task and it’s not always easy to adapt.  Rose’s story, coupled with beautiful illustrations, shows us that sometimes what we’re looking for is right outside our own window.

Rose is a new face in a new street…she looks out of her window but won’t step out of her own front door. Instead, she calls for something “small and far away,” and a wish thing answers by beginning an epic journey in a tired brown box. When at last the wish thing arrives, Rose ventures out of her front door to find what was always waiting for her there…

Meet Caroline Magerl: talented author, artist, illustrator and print-maker. Magerl immigrated to Australia from Germany as a young girl and spent the majority of her childhood at sea on her parents’ yacht, sailing the east coast of Australia. This lifestyle accommodated little in the way of possessions, and so she especially treasured the East German picture books gifted to her by her Great Oma; “the two languages of imagery and words whose interplay had a profound impact on me”.

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Rose and the Wish Thing: A Journey of Friendship
By Caroline Magerl
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Children’s Picture Book
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all fine bookstores.
ISBN-13:  978-0553536171


Previously published as Hasel and Rose in Australia, the book has received outstanding reviews.

Chris Dayman, The Children’s Book Council of Australia – Reading Time: “Achingly beautiful illustrations tell of the loneliness of Rose in her new home.  At the same time from across the oceans and mountains of the world comes a displaced creature looking for acceptance.  Travel through time, suspension of belief to embrace the inexplicable and the magic of belonging and friendship are woven powerfully into a moving affirmation of the power of love.  The language of the text is exquisite, the visual story commanding.”

Lesley Tauranac, Australian Picture Books: “The story does not underestimate children’s emotional intelligence, instead it actually helps them use their own abilities to understand difficult feelings.”

Tania McCartney, “A sweet story of friendship and longing, with beautifully-penned text and concepts that will stay with the reader long after the last page has turned.”

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