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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: 9781575370248
  • Publisher: Advance Publishing Incorporated TX
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Another Sommer-Time Story Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 694,233
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    Enjoyable, Educational & Helpful

    I read this book to my 8-year-old son (a true test of a children's book merit), and he loved it. He said he'd like to have it read to him again and felt that his friends would enjoy it, as well. As a parent, psychotherapist, and children's book author myself, I feel that this book is a great contribution to children's literature and their well-being. The book teaches positive values with the help of some historical examples of people who possessed those same values. I feel that this book is interesting and helpful and would highly recommend it for elementary-schoolers.

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    Posted January 3, 2008

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    I loved it like when character attacks a well written story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

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    ¿Dare to Dream¿ a story of three boys, Nelson, his brother Alvin, and his friend Jesse. This is a story of courage, responsibility and self discipline. Nelson and Alvin grew up in a single parent home. After being pressured by a young neighborhood gang leader, Nelson asked for advice from his grandfather. Nelson¿s grandfather took the three boys fishing. He used the illustration of how an acorn can become a strong oak tree. Later the grandparents took the boys on a tour of an area where drug users and drunks became homeless, living on the streets. They wasted their lives. After returning home grandmother shared stories of four well known early American heroes who dared to follow their dreams. Benjamin Franklin left school at the age of ten to work with his father. Ben¿s hunger for knowledge, his persistence in excellence, and making good choices resulted in an important success story. He was a contributor to and signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington Carver overcame difficulties after being denied entrance in college because he was black. Much later he graduated from college as an adult and went to work at, the now well known, Tuskegee College. Carver became famous as a scientist. Helen Keller, blind, and deaf worked diligently with her tutor, Annie Sullivan. She became well known as an author and for her work encouraging those with physical challenges. Abraham Lincoln overcame poverty to become President of the United States after losing eight elections, and failing twice in business. He dared to dream big. Alvin chose to follow the gang¿s way of life. He partied with the crowd, which led to crime and eventually to jail. Jesse and Nelson chose to follow his grandparent¿s advice. Nelson and Jesse followed their dreams. Nelson became a physician and Jesse became an architectural engineer. Award winning author, Carol Sommer, is an educator and successful businessman. Sommer has a passion for teaching important, practical learning skills to children. He emphasizes character building values, virtues, and principles for success in his writing. Jorge Martinez, Greg Budwine, and Kennon James communicate warmth and tenderness, emotions, expressions, and ethnic diversity through their bright colorful illustration which reinforce and enhance the story line. ¿Dare to Dream¿ will soon join the list of Carl Sommer¿s award winning titles. It is his hope that young readers will accept the challenge courage, responsibility, and self-discipline. He challenges the reader to follow their dreams.

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