I really enjoy this book. Each page describes and illustrates how a different country practices their wishing traditions. For example, in the United States people close their eyes, make a wish, and try to blow out all the candles on their birthday cake-- If they do, it is said their wish will come true, but only if they keep it a secret. I recently used this book to introduce social studies/history topics to a 1st grade class. We focused on Japan and China and they made wishes, according to the book. They also learned facts (such as population, popular sports, typical food/day for each country) At the end, they worked together in groups to see how many facts they could differentiate between the two countries. The children absolutely loved this book and activity! It was also great for compare/contrast wishes from around the world, to practices the children do themselves.