3 out of 4 stars
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How Dreams Come True by Cecil W. Jentges is a children’s picture book about a family’s need to have faith in their dreams. The story begins with the father as he is searching for his life partner. He hears a voice saying to hold on and have faith in love and his dreams, and eventually he finds the woman he is looking for. Throughout the book, this message is repeated, and more members of the family learn to persevere towards a better tomorrow.
I really enjoyed the message of this book. The author does a good job showing that achieving our life goals requires both faith and action, as the characters are shown keeping up their hope while taking action to reach those goals. I also enjoyed how the message was shown being passed from one person to another. The father receives it first and passes it to the mother during a difficult time. Then she passes it to her son when they both need hope for the future.
My biggest criticism of this book is that it feels as though it was written for the author’s son and only for him. The characters are called “Daddy” and “Mommy” by the narrator, and the reader is addressed as “you” and shown to be the baby boy that the father and mother have together. It feels like a bedtime story that a father told his son, and I think this could make it difficult for other children to see themselves in the kid’s place.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The message is strong, the illustrations are beautiful, and I only found one mistake in the book. However, I’m not sure that kids will be able to relate to the characters in the book since it’s so obvious that the book was created for the author’s son.
I would recommend this book to parents of children ages three to seven. I think this book would be especially good for kids who share similarities with the boy in the story, including having a parent who is a healthcare worker.
How Dreams Come True
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