Item description for Annika's Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis & Pamela Querin...
Overview Finding the almond hidden in the rice pudding and making a wish is the Christmas Eve highlight for any Swedish child, and Annika is no exception. Yet when Annika's spoon at last clinks against the almond in her dish, she remembers Jesus and His sacrifice and makes a selfless choice in the hope of a Christmas miracle. Full color.
Publishers Description "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35 (NIV)
"What would I wish for?" Annika wondered aloud. "If ever I had the almond in my pudding...what would be my wish?" In turn-of the-century Sweden, finding the almond hidden in the rice pudding is the Christmas Eve highlight for many children, since it means a chance to wish...for a new pair of snowshoes, a mountain of truffles coated with cocoa, an adorable kitten. For ten long years--all of her life--Annika has dreamed of discovering the almond in her own pudding. Will this be her year? A beautiful book that will become part of a family's Christmas heritage, Annika's Secret Wish inspires young and old to freely give and share even long hoped-for gifts. The final page features Swedish Christmas traditions that your family may choose to include in your own holiday celebration.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.52" Width: 11.3" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764221817 ISBN13 9780764221811
Availability 0 units.
More About Beverly Lewis & Pamela Querin
Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She fondly recalls her growing-up years, and due to a keen interest in her mother's Plain family heritage, many of Beverly's books are set in Lancaster County. A former schoolteacher, Bev is a member of The National League of American Pen Womenthe Pikes Peak Branchand the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her bestselling books are among the C.S. Lewis Noteworthy List Books, and both The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish have received Silver Angel Awards. Bev and her husband have three children and make their home in Colorado.
Beverly Lewis currently resides in the state of Colorado. Beverly Lewis was born in 1949.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Annika's Secret Wish?
A new favorite! May 9, 2006
This is a beautiful story with a good moral. The illustrations are captivating. The are reminiscent of those of Jan Brett. This is a heart-warming tale of choosing between pleasing yourself or bringing happiness to someone else.
Beautiful! Dec 3, 2002
As a book loving family, we have many books, but few capture the warmth & beauty in the illustrations as here! Each page brings bright sunrays and . . . just BEAUTY!
My husband is Scandenavian, and we enjoy the rice pudding each year, complete with the almond hunt. What a delightful way for my girls to look forward to this tradition!
The moral of the story is so pure and honest, as Annika struggles with her own desire to do right and yet to please herself. A virtue seldom seen in our time! (Sad but true!)
An incredible book!
Great gift for a girl named Annika Oct 17, 2001
Our daughter, Annika, was thrilled to find this book under the tree last year. The story is light, and a bit sentimental, but well told, and the illustrations are so very Swedish...this is a fine tale of giving for Christmas. Of course, now Annika suggests we need to have a traditional Swedish Christmas pudding, with almond, and a wish for a pony...
Annika's Secret Wish is a Wish Come True Sep 20, 2000
Even if the story were not so poignant a study in the selflessness of a young girl with her own special wish, the illustrations, worthy of consideration for the Caldecott Medal, would be reason enough to purchase this beautifully done book.
Every child has their own secret wish and Annika's is to have a beautiful black pony. According to Swedish tradition, the person who gets the almond in their Christmas pudding has a better chance of getting their wish. At ten years old, Annika has yet to find that almond. But even when she does find it, the spirit of Christmas supercedes her own desires.
The story is a lovely testimony to the greater joy found when practicing the principle "it's better to give than to receive."
This book will definitely be a lovely gift to give and receive!