Victoria and Albert Museum

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I wish...

I wish...

As children, and often as adults, we often cast our imagination wide and wish for things that speak to us in books, those of adventure, magic and mystery. These submitted images are from an illustrated book entitled "I wish", in which a little boy contrasts his real life to one going on inside his mind.

Here a child sees a glimmering tree-house, a home so different to his current city dwelling. He thinks of his usual dinner and then imagines a feast of choice and senses. Finally we realise that all these things are conjured in his mind by his mother who reads to him each night.