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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
Wish, Miracle, Me! by Lindsey Coad is a heartwarming children's book about unconventional family ties. Expertly illustrated by Kim MacPherson, this story follows our protagonist Harvey as she explores what it means to be a donor-conceived person. Having started as a wish in her solo mama's heart, Harvey blooms into an artistic teen who shares her happy childhood milestones. Surrounded by her modern family, she thrives in her incredible life while holding onto hope that she would someday meet the person who is a part of her. Harvey embraces her identity and her past with a perfect blend of self-love, curiosity, vulnerability, and courage uniquely her own. Designed to open an honest conversation with your child about family, identity, belonging, and resiliency, this book is a must-read!
When I first read Wish, Miracle, Me!, I was intrigued by its concept as being a donor-conceived person is a rarity. Lindsey Coad has beautifully captured a little girl's journey of being different from her peers and loving herself regardless. She had taught me that our society's outdated social constructs should not define a family, and we should always embrace our identity as it's what makes us who we are. I adored watching Harvey mature into a young adult secure in her place in the world and her family. A child can easily understand the story's underlying themes of self-love, family, and belonging. The colorful and eye-catching illustrations capture a child's attention while the book's lessons are ingrained in them forever.