God's Dream

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With warmth and humor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distills his philosophy of unity and forgiveness into a picture book for the very young.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God's dream, which he shares here with the youngest of listeners. It involves people who reach out and hold each other's hands, but sometimes get angry and hurt each other — and say they're sorry and forgive. It's a wish that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters, no matter their way of speaking ...

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Overview

With warmth and humor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distills his philosophy of unity and forgiveness into a picture book for the very young.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God's dream, which he shares here with the youngest of listeners. It involves people who reach out and hold each other's hands, but sometimes get angry and hurt each other — and say they're sorry and forgive. It's a wish that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters, no matter their way of speaking to God, no matter the size of their nose or the shade of their skin. Aided by vibrant artwork evoking such images as a rainbow and a sharing circle, Tutu offers the essence of his ubuntu philosophy, a wisdom so clear and crystalline that even the smallest child can understand.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Just as children have dreams, say Archbishop Tutu and Abrams (previously paired with Tutu for God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time), so does God: "God dreams that every one of us will see that we are all brothers and sisters-yes, even you and me-even if we have different mommies and daddies or live in different faraway lands." The authors understand that direct prose can often be the most reassuring; they tell readers, "God does not force us to be friends or to love one another.... But when we say we're sorry and forgive one another, we wipe away our tears and God's tears, too." Pham (Big Sister, Little Sister) forgoes much of the impishness that enlivens her best titles, but even though she's working with familiar brotherhood-of-man tropes (a global cast of children, some wearing non-Western clothes, gather in a single, idyllic location to play and worship), she nimbly sidesteps triteness through her velvety, saturated palette and the unassuming sweetness of her characterizations. This is not a book to win converts, but a wide range of believers, including children at the younger end of the target audience, should respond to its heartfelt appeals, Ages 2-8. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
This beautifully-illustrated book has a message of love, sharing, caring for others, and forgiveness. Children are encouraged to look at each other the way God would—to see them as they really are. Race, background, appearance, and language are not what are important; rather, seeing each other as people who God cares for is. Authors Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Adams try to communicate understanding, compassion, and sympathy for others who are hurt and sad. They try to help young readers to understand how to care about others even if others are not exactly like they are. This book is written in simple language for the youngest child to comprehend. The illustrations jump out on each page as the joy and expression on each face is revealed. Sunday school and church teachers would appreciate this book, as would teachers of young children. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Tutu teaches a message of peace and hope in this gentle picture book, echoing the theological ideology of his memoir, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time (Doubleday, 2004). "Dear Child of God," the narrator begins, "what do you dream about?" While children may dream about "flying high" or "being treated like a full person," God dreams about a world in which all of his children join hands in peace, reconciliation and unity. In simple, eloquent language, Tutu conveys the message that although we come from different lands, have different eyes and skin, and talk to God in different ways, we are still brothers and sisters. By "sharing, loving, caring" and "knowing we are family" we can "make God's dream come true." The incandescent graphite, watercolor, and ink illustrations of captivating multicultural youngsters engaged in the carefree pastimes reinforce the overarching themes of love and inclusiveness. The angelic, trusting faces reflect the hope that Archbishop Tutu holds for all the world's children of God. They hold hands and share welcoming smiles, creating a circle of love and acceptance. Parents may want to pair this inspirational book with Karen Lynn Williams's Circles of Hope (Eerdmans, 2005) or Alice McGinty's Thank You, World (Dial, 2007), two more stories exploring the importance of love, faith, and hope.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Archbishop Tutu shares his philosophy in simple but eloquent words intended for young children, accompanied by Pham's appealing illustrations of sweet-faced children of different ethnicities. A brief introduction about a child's dreams segues into a lyrical look at what God's dreams must be: for a world of sharing, caring, forgiveness and tolerance of differences. These basic but important concepts are presented in easy-to-understand terms, such as the twin needs to apologize and forgive after an argument. The message that we are all brothers and sisters despite our differences is clearly conveyed in the tale, which concludes with a crowd of smiling children creating a rainbow with their own handprints. An extra-large trim size and big, bright illustrations make this a fine choice for reading to a group. The noteworthy illustrations include a touching spread showing children of different faiths all praying in their own way and attractive endpapers with a patchwork of African patterned fabrics. (Picture book/religion. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763633882
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 302,815
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He also served as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, from 1986 until 1996. In 1995, former South African President Nelson Mandela asked him to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which became a model of national forgiveness and coexistence. He is currently the chairperson of the Elders, an international group charged with helping to end conflicts and solve global problems. Archbishop Tutu's most recent book is GOD HAS A DREAM: A VISION OF HOPE FOR OUR TIME. He lives with his family in South Africa.

Douglas Carlton Abrams is the coauthor with Archbishop Desmond Tutu of GOD HAS A DREAM: A VISION OF HOPE FOR OUR TIME. He is also the cofounder of Idea Architects, a book and media development agency working with visionary authors to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He lives with his family in California.

LeUyen Pham is the author and illustrator of BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER and has illustrated many other books for children, including FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY by Julianne Moore and the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller GRACE FOR PRESIDENT by Kelly DiPucchio. About GOD'S DREAM, she says, "Being a part of this book has been an extremely significant experience for me, considering that I left war-torn Vietnam during the fall of Saigon when I was only a year old. My son was also born during the creation of this book, bringing the lovely message of hope and love full circle." LeUyen Pham lives in San Francisco with her family.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    God's Dream

    I truly enjoyed this book because my son is ten years old and he is having a hard time making friends at his new school.In his heart, he loves God, life, and all children but it seems that they don't seems to love him back the way that he believes we are to respect and get along one another or the way God's loves us all. So this book brightened his day and especially mine. It show children how to even play together in an easy and loving way that everyone can understand it. My son read it and loved it and the best thing is that he read it without me having to force him to read it. (smile) The art is beautiful. Keeps the childrens attention. He actually fell asleep with this book, as if all the children in this book were or should I say, are his friends. Thank you for creating a beautiful book to show our children that no matter what color, race or gender, God loves us all and he loves my son.

    A HUGE Thanks to the author for "God's Dreams".

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Love the illustrations! Love the message!

    This story is beautifully written and the illustrations are wonderful. My 4 and 8 year olds both enjoy it. One of our favorite bedtime stories.

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