Ryan is a Gold Star Kid. His father, a British serving soldier, is tragically killed during the Battle of Telic, Iraq: but happiness will return. His dreams bring him hope as he sets off on a series of magical adventures and discovers the secret of the Dream Bond he soon discovers!
There is no room for hate within this work; racism and Islamophobia are skilfully tackled along with many other contemporary issues that face our children today. This book encourages all to focus on our common shared humanity and not our differences. It does not glorify war, nor does it focus on unspeakable tragedies that occur. It seeks only to inform children’s understanding of the consequences of it. To honour our fallen and to never forget them. This is a story that every parent will want to share.
This wonderful and enlightening children’s story, suitable for both parents and children alike, is inspired by the true accounts of Myles Eckert, a boy of just 8 years of age from Ohio, USA.
|Publisher:||Brittunculi Records & Books UK|
|File size:||382 KB|
|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
About the Author
About: Jonathan Taylor (UK / Bulgaria) English singer / songwriter born Warwick 1966. Taylor notes with a smile, “At 15 when I bought my first second-hand guitar and amp for 75 pounds, my mother said it was a complete waste of money.” Although it’s left unsaid, one gets the feeling she’s probably still eating her words today. Since then, his reviewers have been somewhat more generous. It’s been said he is the possessor of a ‘marvellous dusty, dusky voice full of resonance and beauty’ by local press and a ‘real talent’ by the British Politician Tony Benn, while fans continue to liken him to Don Mclean, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and even Neil Diamond. Taylor’s lyrics remain consistent in theme, his overwhelming need to lend his voice to those who remain without. Whether they’re victims of the Bulgarian Communist Regime (Izvinavi) or an elegy to those lost in 9/11 (‘If Only’) and the messages they left behind. Again and again he returns to his subject, in ‘Holocaust Denier’ written after meeting England’s only known Jewish Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman, his words convey not only the horror of genocide but implore us to remember, should we let it happen again. Both tracks featured on BBC and worldwide radio and for which British PM of the time Gordon Brown, wrote to thank him. Even the house he now calls home in central Bulgaria, used as a Partisan hide-out for anti-nazi resistance fighters throughout WW2, has brought him inspiration in the form of the song ‘Partisan.’ You begin to get the feeling Taylor needs this kind of connection to the past and a large helping of tragedy for both sustenance and creativity. Taylor’s music urges us to question why atrocities happen, whether they are individual or collective. He takes tragedy, seemingly internalising the pain and then slowly from his depths comes something beautiful, skilful, deeply memorable and strangely- immensely listenable. Cursty Hoppe, 2012.