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Posted November 3, 2007
An Advocate for Hope ¿ Dreams for Kids
Tom Tuohy recounts the heartwarming stories of J. J. O¿Conner, Jesse White, Father Walter Brennan, and Clara Kirk in ¿Kiss of a Dolphin.¿ The book is the story of Dreams for Kids. The story is about ordinary people and how they are making an extraordinary difference in fulfilling the dreams of others. The story begins in the Cabrini-Green area of Chicago, and moves to Chicago¿s Westside, and to then to West Englewood, rapidly increasing into statewide and then national recognition. I read through tears as I turned the pages. Jesse White and his internationally acclaimed tumbling team, Father Wally Brennan¿s ministry in the streets, and Clara Kirk¿s shelter of hope are all featured Partners in the adventures reported here. These organizations and individual team members have inspired hope to those ensnare by the cycle of poverty, race restrictions, and limitations. Jim Smith and Dick Marak also provide the inspiration and encouragement needed for J.J. O¿Conner to rise above the despair of being a quadriplegic. J.J. learned a lesson while swimming with the dolphins at an aquatic facility in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He learned a lesson in trust, acceptance, and communication. The dolphin¿s kiss changed J.J.¿s approach to life and self acceptance. J. J. now had a strong desire to return something to the community. This strong desire grew into the future mission of Dreams for Kids and became the title of this book. Tom Tuohy is an effective, convincing, communicator. His writing is gripping. Tom has a way of drawing the reader into each story. As a reader I felt a strong desire to respond to the need, to become involved and to participate in fulfilling the vision of Dreams for Kids. ¿Kiss of a Dolphin¿ is the kind of book that should be read by every individual involved in community outreach, by agency program directors, and individuals who have been touched by the underprivileged, poverty stricken, or those physically disabled. Tom Tuohy in ¿Kiss of a Dolphin¿ has given a message of hope, inspiration, and the challenge to make dreams become a reality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.