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Lead by example. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.
Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, 2003
Material: hard cover
Summary: For each of our children, we dream big dreams and offer deep hopes. In this story, a greater being speaks for each of us in explaining these thoughts. This is a book that conveys in poetry and image the dreams a parent has for a child.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story
Recommended Age: all ages
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our toddler regularly pulls this from the shelf. S/He doesn't want it read, s/he only wants to turn the pages (slowly) and look at the pictures.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautifully illustrated book. The few times we've succeeded in reading it together, it is quite nice. We're hopeful that we'll get a turn to read it again some day.
Pros: The themes are universal, whether you are a biological or an adoptive parent.
Cons: None. Although there is an intimation of Mother Nature as the narrator, it really speaks for men and women.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must-have for your child's collection. It would be a wonderful gift from a birthparent, as well.