An ancient taoist tale is being retold in Sivu’s Six Wishes by Jude Daly. It is a story where a talented but bitter stone mason is filled with envy and wishes to become the rich man for whom he is working, but when his wish comes true, the stone mason is still not satisfied. He continues to wish that he was someone else, someone more powerful and more respected. Sivu, the stone mason, makes six wishes that come true, all until he runs out of wishes. When there are no more wishes left, Sivy realizes that a stone mason is actually the most powerful of them all.
Jude Daly delivers a powerful message, and the significance of humility and appreciation for what we have is realized by even the youngest reader. This is a story with a moral so strong that it will be hard to forget, and it will spark conversation on many occasions.
Daly’s simple but exaggerated illustrations are perfect for the powerful tale of Sivu, and the simplicity of the illustrations as well as the way in which Sivu is portrayed as the wind, the rock and the rain makes children instantly connect with the story. Through repetition Daly delivers a powerful message from the past that is especially relevant today.
Author: Jude Daly
Illustrator: Jude Daly
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2010)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Sivu’s Six Wishes by Jude Daly for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this children’s book review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.