Book Review: The Fifth Wish by Dixiane Hallaj

This is a short story/children’s book illustrated by the author in line drawings. It is reminiscent of Native American creation myths: the myth begins with a woman bearing twins. The twins eventually grow to create the chaotic world we live in. Every so often, the twins are offered a wish, and each wish, they forgo a chance at world peace for some other endeavor.

I enjoyed the elements of mythology. I longed only for just a few more details, but this story has a great message—a positive one for children to learn and contemplate. I could see parents discussing with their children what the fifth wish should be (compared to what it would be), and it would be a good segue to discussing action issues of world politics, government overreach, gang violence, and war.

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