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Dare to Dream!

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Three boys grow up in the same drug-infested, gang-ruled, poverty-stricken neighborhood. Nelson becomes a successful doctor, his best friend Jesse, an award-winning architectural engineer, but Nelson's brother Alvin ends up in jail. In this riveting tale, Nelson relates the story of their childhood, and how, with the love and guidance of his grandparents, they come upon valuable lessons on how against all odds to become successful.

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Overview

Three boys grow up in the same drug-infested, gang-ruled, poverty-stricken neighborhood. Nelson becomes a successful doctor, his best friend Jesse, an award-winning architectural engineer, but Nelson's brother Alvin ends up in jail. In this riveting tale, Nelson relates the story of their childhood, and how, with the love and guidance of his grandparents, they come upon valuable lessons on how against all odds to become successful.

Featuring accounts from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, and Abraham Lincoln, the boys are inspired by some of America's greatest heroes. Although Alvin chooses differently, Nelson and Jesse are two friends who "Dare to Dream!"

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Unlike most picture books that seek to provide children with subtle messages about values, this book loudly proclaims--on the cover and in the content--its intent to teach courage, responsibility and self-discipline. When Roy wonders why Uncle Alvin is in prison while his dad is a doctor and his dad’s best friend Jesse is an engineer, his father explains. Roy’s great-grandfather advised all three men, in their youth, to avoid drugs and gangs. However, while Roy’s dad and Jesse listened, Alvin’s attitude interfered with following his grandfather’s advice. Interwoven within this story are brief biographies of Ben Franklin, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, and Abe Lincoln, all of whom dared to dream. The book ends with Roy’s father’s telling him that during visits with Alvin in prison, Alvin groans that “I wish I had listened to Grandpa and Grandma.” He and Jesse “are forever grateful for Grandpa’s advice: ‘Dare to dream!’”. Colorful, winsome, and authentic illustrations cannot overcome wordy and pedantic text. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575370736
  • Publisher: Advance Publishing Incorporated TX
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Another Sommer-Time Story Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

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    ¿Dare to Dream¿ is a remarkable book about three young boys. It demonstrates to the youngest reader the long-term results of their actions as told by a man to his young son, Roy. The father explains to Roy why he visits his brother in prison, how they came to make different decisions, and the effects of those decisions. Roy¿s father is a doctor and his best friend is an architectural engineer. Things were not easy for them growing up. The two of them were teased for studying hard. On the other hand, Roy¿s uncle chose to take the path of joining a gang, becoming involved in crime and drugs. The lessons are easy for a child to understand although they may need help with the meaning or pronunciation of the words. I would not only recommend the book for children in 1-4 grades, but also those getting ready to go into school. It is a book parents will enjoy reading with their children time and time again.

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