Project Description


by Ruth Tiller
illustrated by Debrah Santini

“If I looked down and found a wishing penny winking from a weedy sidewalk crack, I’d wish for you.”

An ordinary day in the park becomes a magical journey in this touching poem. Lucky objects are scattered throughout each page, waiting to be wished upon. And as the wishes come true, this tale of love and friendship leads you on a wondrous adventure.

Debrah Santini’s evocative watercolors capture author Ruth Tiller’s images and translate them into the enchanting language of the imagination. As readers discover what each wish will bring, they will turn the pages in more ways than one.

This book is out of print

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-118-0
Publication Date: 10/1/1996
Page Count: 32
Size: 7 ̎ x 8 ̎
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Themes: Imagination, Magic, Poetry, Relationships


“You will be Wishing… that there were more pages to this book. Readers take a flight of whimsical fantasy as author Tiller tickles the imagination. Shades of real connect with the surreal in Debrah Santini’s rich illustrations…. Read it with a special youngster and add your own dreams.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch

“While advertised as a children’s book, Wishing proves insightful, poetic, and entertaining enough for adults as well…. A great read for the child in everyone.” ―Small Press


Award of Overall Excellence ―Southeastern Library Association, 1996

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Meet the Author

Ruth Tiller is the author of several picture books, including Cats Vanish Slowly, Wishing, and Cinnamon, Mint, and Mothballs, which was named an Honor Book recipient for the Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Award and featured as a “Flying Start” in Publishers Weekly. She holds a master’s degree in English literature from Georgia State University and lives in California.

Meet the Illustrator

Debrah Santini has illustrated a number of children’s books. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a faculty member of the art department at West Georgia College.