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God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Not sure what I had in mind for this book, but I hadn't expected to like it as much as I did. Immediately inside the front cover, I'm drawn to the depictions of African-print textiles (though they have nothing specifically to do with the story). The drawings are very clearly meant to be multicultural in terms of race, ethnicity, country of origin. Large text makes this a good choice for reading to a group of children.

The story begins with what God wants for us and from us. Had it remained focused on these pleasant thoughts, I would have thought it sweet, but nothing special. What makes me love the story is the acknowledgement that the world is not entirely peaceful. "But God does not force us to be friends or to love one another." What God dreams for is more than he requires. When we aspire to do more than the minimum, we enrich ourselves and the world. "God dreams that every one of us will see that we are all brothers and sisters," regardless of skin tone, nationality, religion. "Even if we speak different languages or have different ways of taking to God," my favorite page reads, with images of children in different religious dress praying in different positions. (Even the cat and dog learn to be friends.)

As an aside, most of the children are shown in bare feet or wearing only socks! ( )
  MCHBurke | Nov 29, 2015 |
  cavlibrary | Apr 14, 2015 |
This book is in letter form, asking the child what they dream of and telling the child what God's dream for us is. Written in the context of bringing equality, respect for diversity, and religious tolerance through loving one another. This is an example of realistic fiction because it brings up problems that readers could face in real life, such as injustice and intolerance, and shows what the answer is, and the characters could be real. Lovely illustrations and lovely message, although I don't know how well accepted it would be in a public school, and it's got a brilliant truth to it. I would read it to kids to bring up discussion about tolerance and respect of diversity. ( )
  AmandaLK | Mar 2, 2015 |
Great story about how God is watching and wants us to be kind to one another. A definite read if your school allows religious freedom. ( )
  rhigginbotham | Nov 23, 2014 |
I liked the book, “God's Dream.” The main idea of this story is to tell children how God views them and how God desires children to be kind and forgiving. The poetic writing in this book makes readers feel loved and best of all, wanting to share love with others. For example, “Dear Child of God, do you know how to make God's dream come true? It is really quite easy. As easy as sharing, loving, caring. As easy as holding, playing, laughing. As easy as knowing we are family because we are all God's children.” What is incredibly great about this book is the diversity of the characters. I especially appreciate the illustrations because all of the characters in the book are from a different culture. There is an Asian girl, a Hispanic boy, an African-American girl, a Hindu girl, about every culture I see in this world. For once, I did not see a book full of American Caucasians with only a handful of different cultured characters. Some characters in the book also had traditional clothing on, and the illustrator also showed different religions. For sure, I loved the illustrations and characters in this book. ( )
  yyoon4 | Oct 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763633887, Hardcover)

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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An introduction for the youngest readers to Archbishop Tutu's message of forgiveness and empathy.

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Editions: 0763633887, 076364742X

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