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The author of the book: Tobi Tobias
Edition: Viking Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: May 9th 1977
ISBN 13: 9780670405657
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 475 KB
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Jane Wishing is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. It is the story of an idealistic girl who wishes she could be someone exciting and beautiful, instead of ordinary. It is a story that resonates with the girl in me: a story about the dreariness of reality, and the appeal of daydreams.
Jane Wishing alternates between Jane’s imagination and her real life, complete with huge family, daily chores, and ordinary problems. Illustrator Trina Schart Hyman paints Jane’s fantasies in color, while leaving her ordinary life in black and white. Tobias mirrors this with his tale: Jane’s fantasies are told in flowery third-person prose, while her ordinary life is largely narrated by her family in an almost comic-bookesque format. However, it is Jane’s family that takes on personality and color. In the end, Jane comes to the realization that happiness is not to be found in dreams, no matter how lovely they are.
My favorite part of the book is Jane’s family. From her nostalgic grandma and practical father, to her annoying little brother, Jane’s family is both aggravating and endearing. It is very like real life in that we often want to escape, only to discover that our attitude is the biggest indicator of happiness.
Anyone who loves Hyman’s artwork should read this book. She masterfully captures Tobias’s words. This book is a perfect combination of illustration and writing. It is perfection.
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