Dream On!

Dream On!

A Book About Possibilities

Book - 2016
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"Imagination and motivation are key to young children's happiness and health. Thinking about dreams and goals can help children cope with challenges when they arise and view life through a hopeful lens. With this encouraging book, nurture children's imaginations and help them enjoy taking responsibility for their choices and goals. Back matter includes advice for motivating kids and teaching about goal setting at home, at school, and in childcare. From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along(r) series comes the next book in this one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each of the first seven books in the Being the Best Me! series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and positive character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Each book focuses on a specific attitude or character trait--optimism, self-esteem, assertiveness, resilience, integrity, forgiveness, and goal-setting. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information for adults. Filled with diversity, these social story books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings"--
"Helps children strengthen their imaginations, think about the future, and work toward goals. Back matter includes advice for motivating children and teaching about goal setting"--
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Publishing, [2016]
ISBN: 9781631980558
Branch Call Number: 155.4138 MEINE
Characteristics: 35 pages : color illustrations ; 24 X 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Allen, Elizabeth (Artist)- Illustrator


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Sep 30, 2015

SUMMARY: In this book, a young boy starts with, "In my mind, anything is possible. I can think and dream and imagine." He believes good things will happen and he explores different ideas that may help him get closer to his dreams for the future. He sets goals. Sometimes he meets the goals , but sometimes he doesn't. In those cases, he looks for the positive. He likes when people help him toward reaching his goals and he hopes to help people in return.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were a bit muddy, but that may have been due to the e-reader version I was reading. There is plenty of color, the pictures are simple for younger children and they are high interest.

THE GOOD: This is a lovely concept about dreaming of the future and working even now as a child to meet goals. I love the positive aspect of the story. When things didn't always work out, the boy kept a good attitude. There are plenty of guided questions at the end of the book for adults to use to help with understanding. My favorite question was, "Why is it okay if you're not the best at everything?" There are also activities parents and teachers can have the children do to enhance the learning experience. A+ for multicultural representation.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Of all the books I have read in this series, this one is the most abstract so far. I felt like the text was very ethereal and harder for the youngest children to grasp the concepts. Hopefully the activities at the back of the book will help with this.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8. Best suited for grades K-2

NOTE: I received a free arc copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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