Oh, How I Wish

Children - Picture Book
46 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Little One wants to be just like their Mom. She’s athletic, fast, strong, smart and so much more. Next to her, Little One feels insignificant and awkward: they trip over their feet, can’t reach for their glass of water, can’t run very fast, they can’t even open their toybox by their-self. All Little One really wants is some independence, to be able to do more things on their own without assistance. Their Mom loves them so much and she has the best words of advice, which are not even worded like advice. She simply states that Little One reminds her of someone. Can you guess who?

Ms. Kimms’ picture book story, Oh, How I Wish, is a simple, sweet story, about growing up and accepting who they are, in spite of what they may or may not be able to do at any given moment. The story is told in simple language, with repeated phrases, like “Oh, how I wish,” and responses that begin with “Then I could…” This repetitive technique will help young readers develop their reading skills as they learn to recognize these phrases. The possibilities of “Oh, how I wish,” are endless and young readers will become engaged in making up their own phrases to follow, “Then I could…”

About halfway through the story, the repeated phrases change, and the story wraps up with another train of thought beginning with: “The sun is setting and the moon is overhead. Now it’s time for this little one to go to bed.” Little One trips and their Mom shares a little secret with another simple phrase, a question really: “Do you know who you remind me of, Little One?” This is a powerful story of parental love. The illustrations are bright and bold and colorful and add pizzazz to the story. Beautifully told and illustrated.

Laura Imaz

Oh, How I Wish by Ms. Kimms is about Little One, a toddler who is independent and wants to do everything on their own. Like any other kid their age, they want to learn about every topic but also struggle with everyday tasks. Because this child only desires to do things correctly, their situation can quickly become frustrating and overwhelming. Furthermore, they have great admiration for their mother and observe her perform great tasks in her life, such as scoring goals and juggling... which only adds to the desire to learn to do things flawlessly. The mother, on the other hand, is quick to point out how various situations can be viewed. This book provides an excellent chance to learn about the difficulties that toddlers face daily, as well as their normalcy.

Oh, How I Wish, Little One is presented as a curious kid who only wants to explore and learn about the world, a character trait I thought was important to highlight due to the pressure that is usually placed on toddlers to learn and grow quickly. This vital stage of a person's existence is widely assumed to be only a happy and easy period, but reality proves otherwise. Ms. Kimms shows us how difficult a toddler's life can be with individually crafted illustrations and colorful designs. I also admired the writer's ability to show how a sentence of empathy from the child's mother can both calm and teach them a useful lesson. Furthermore, I believe this is a great guide not only for any toddler to feel understood but also for parents who want to better comprehend what is going on in their children's lives.

Philip Van Heusen

Toddler life is hard. A young child sees larger humans doing all sorts of things they cannot do. They are often envious of the abilities of older children and adults. Ms. Kimms understands this struggle and writes about it in Oh, How I Wish. Toddlers also tend to worship their parents and think they can do no wrong. In this story, Ms. Kimms explores all the different areas of life where young children wish they were just like their moms. Mom is smart, coordinated, quick, and can reach places the child cannot. Reading this story to your child will allow you a platform to discuss their goals and desires. It will also enable you to encourage your child that they are perfect just the way they are and help children understand that, as time goes by, they will grow and be able to do everything they dream of now.

Ms. Kimms loves toddlers. She wants to teach them to reach for the future. As you read Oh, How I Wish to your child, you will be able to build their self-esteem. It is hard to share self-esteem with someone who sees others doing what they cannot do. Ms. Kimms wants children to know they will develop skills as they grow up. Teaching your children that you had to learn how to do things as you grew up will help build their esteem. Accepting them as they are will also build them up. Ms. Kimms is the illustrator, and while I found the illustrations unusual, children will love them. Ms. Kimms gives children goals they can strive to achieve and helps them understand that time will support them in learning new skills.

Grace Ruhara

Oh, How I Wish by Ms. Kimms is a children's picture book that aims to help children learn to appreciate themselves and lets them know they are great just the way they are. In the story, Little One sees itself as inadequate and wishes to do things like its mother to accomplish self-reliance. Little One also wishes to do activities like its mom, including running fast to catch Porkchop, the cat. It also hopes to be intelligent enough to solve its shape puzzle. Little One would also like to be strong enough to open its toy box to play with its toys.

Oh, How I Wish by Ms. Kimms is an educational and entertaining story that will resonate with children and adults. We learn how to appreciate ourselves just as we are and not compare ourselves to others. This helps us to be content and satisfied with what we can accomplish. Ms. Kimms uses simple language to help young children understand the message she intends to convey. The brightly colored pictures stimulate children's imaginations and help capture their attention. They also provide insight into the characters and the setting, assisting children in remembering the message learned from the story.

Jamie Michele

Oh, How I Wish by Ms. Kimms is a children's picture book that revolves around its toddler narrator, Little One, as they think about all the things their mother is capable of, and their desire to be just like she is. The story begins with Little One in their crib, wishing they could climb like their mother so they could get out of the crib and onto the floor to play with their robot. The coordinating illustration, which is also by Ms. Kimms, shows Little One standing in the crib, with their mother on the next page rock climbing the face of a mountain. As the story progresses, Little One's wishes continue with things like a wish to be as athletic as their mom so they can score goals, and a wish to be as coordinated as their mom, so they can dress. Ultimately, when Little One is ready for bed Mom says a single line, and the promise that Little One feels transcends the page.

I was a little nervous when I picked up Oh, How I Wish by Ms. Kimms on account of Little One having one huge eye and one small one, as does the mother. I know that how a character appears is not supposed to be a factor but because of my own little one's current stage of being terrified of everything, I was wary. What sold me was in flipping through the book. Little One's mother is depicted as being physically strong. And I mean, really strong. She is muscular in a way that maternal figures in children's literature are never, ever depicted to be. As a rather muscular mom myself, I almost could not believe how wonderful it was to see in kid-lit. The illustrations are bold and employ a primary color palette that keeps toddlers engaged, and the message is unexpected and spectacular. There was a moment when Little One stumbled and I wasn't sure where the story was going, but that last line....yeah. This is a good book. Very highly recommended.