The Candy Dish

by Kobi Yamada (Author) Adelina Lirius (Illustrator)

The Candy Dish
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

What happens when something truly miraculous shows up in your life? Do you recognize it? Do you appreciate it? Do you see it for what it really is?

This is a story of a child and a curious little candy dish that holds a special treat every day. But it comes with its fair share of frustrations too. Written by New York Times best-selling author Kobi Yamada, it is a story for readers of all ages about finding wonder in simple delights. And it is an invitation to savor each moment and discover gratitude for the gift of a brand-new day.

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Kirkus Reviews

The girl has loose, dark curls and light-brown skin; overall, the palette is dominated by blues, yellows, and browns. A sweet, magical tale with a tender life lesson. (Picture book/fantasy. 4-8).

Publishers Weekly

Yamada (What Do You Do with an Idea?) returns with a simple fable about gratitude and greed. A tan-skinned girl finds a curious gift as she sits in bed in her pajamas one morning: "a simple, oval dish with a welcoming little handle." In mixed-media illustrations animated by swirly lines, Lirius (The Fort) shows the dish perched in a tree outside the child's window. The girl is starry-eyed with excitement, and the single piece of candy inside the dish is the most wonderful she's ever tasted. She wants more, but the dish's cover suddenly sticks tight. Instead of being grateful for the gift, she's desperate to open it again. As the cycle continues--one piece of candy is dispensed every morning before the lid freezes--the girl rages and laments. Slowly, she learns to savor both each wonderful day and each single candy. That wisdom will come faster to readers, who will quickly grasp the story's purport: "Each day is a gift... with a bit of magic." A familiar lesson illuminated by an innovative scenario. Ages 4-7. (Nov.)

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Publication date
December 20, 2021

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