THE SECRET DAYDREAM by Charisse J. Rudolph

THE SECRET DAYDREAM

A Guide to Your Child's Future
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Focusing on the “Way of the World,” this debut work teaches children the steps they need to follow to make their dreams a reality.

The combination fable/pourquoi tale tells of a brown moth who daydreams of becoming the color of a flower and staying awake during the day (visualize). She approaches wise Owl for advice (ask the universe) and is told she must “take action and align herself with her desire.” Her family’s scoffing does not discourage her (belief). She spends the next few days searching for like-minded moths and finds 11 others who share her dream (passion). Together the 12 are given a task. They must believe they can achieve their goal, visualize it, be thankful for what they have (give thanks) and take action. In this case, the moths must gather a dozen different-colored flowers before the full moon. It is only by making a plan and working as a team that the moths are able to achieve their task. When they return to Owl, he recites a chant, the moths and flowers become a tornado of color, and they are transformed into beautiful butterflies. “And from that day on, butterflies have been flying all over the world, reminding us to find our passion and live our dreams.” While the moth’s tale is cute, it is Rudolph’s ambitious objectives of encouraging goal-setting, perseverance, teamwork and self-confidence that make this stand out. Unfortunately, her lack of concrete examples of each step may hinder a child’s success in following them. For example, moth has Owl for guidance, but it is not made clear to children how to determine who they should ask for direction. The accompanying artwork realistically portrays the plants and animals, while purple text boxes list the step being discussed.

A lofty work that somewhat misses the mark, but with the right adult, this could be a powerful tool. (Picture book/Fable. 8-12)

Pub Date: June 26th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4196-6702-2
Page count: 36pp
Program: Kirkus Indie
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