I sit at my desk feeling honored in writing and expressing my thoughts about a recent book that I received and read. When I held it in my hand for the first time, I was already awestruck by the cover – the layout, the choice of the soothing and calming color tones, the “poetry” behind the artists depiction and illustration of Dreams of Hope, all was more than enough to bring a sense of comfort, excitement, and pride in opening to the first page and beginning the journey of this bedtime lullaby.
It was quickly evident that each page of the written text and artwork was a culmination of an unwavering compassion, boundless passion and universal vision. Navjot Kaur has brought her expertise and talents as a children’s author in this gift of Dreams of Hope. Each word is carefully chosen so as to bring about a sense of “warmth and fuzziness” within. There is no doubt that when reading this lullaby to our children, there can be nothing but a sense of peace, connectedness, optimism and hope. It is without a doubt, just an incredibly “good feel” book. Interspersed within the written text, are amazing pictures and art which obviously have been created and illustrated from a realm deep within the artist, whose vision has simply complimented Navjot in the most complete manner. Kudo’s to the illustrator and artist Gurleen Rai.
As you read through the book, word’s like “journey”, “dream’s”, “hope”, “mantra’s”, “kushi” (happiness), “gentle breaths”, take residence in your consciousness and allow you to experience the journey through the eyes of a child. We all need optimism. We all need to dream, we all need a journey. Our children are our future. When we ourselves are optimistic, when we are inspired to envision and dream and subsequently take the step’s to make those come true, we are then in a position to be able to pass that onto our children. This can only happen when we take the time to “connect” with our children; to look them in their eyes and communicate with them not only intellectually, but from an emotional and perhap’s spiritual perspective. Dreams of Hope is a “gentle” book for these “gentle soul’s”. Imagine sitting with your kid’s at their bedside and connecting with them about these simple yet profound messages of love, dreams and hope. Without a doubt, you will find it comforting and encouraging to see your child’s face light up as they take in the “mantra’s” (a sound, syllable, word or group of words that are thought to create spiritual peace. NOTE: definition taken from the book) that Navjot Kaur has so eloquently and effortlessly placed in this lullaby. As Navjot Kaur says, indeed, “Together, we will see what tommorrow brings…”
I was moved yet again when I came to know from the back cover of the book that it has been written on 100% recycled paper and that a portion of the proceeds will go to support charitable organizations to enhance the lives of children. All in all, from the process of preparing this book, creating the content for the book, the material’s used for the book, it was, it is, and it will be all about the children. This “eco-friendly” book gives a sense of renewed hope when you read it, not only for you, but for your child.
In closing, Navjot Kaur has done it again. Dream’s of Hope is a must read and a “must have” for your children’s library. This is a book for everyone. It does not matter who you are, where you come from, what your belief system may be or entail. It is a universal message that will make you feel like a child again and again and again.
Give your child the best gift you ever could as a parent. The gift of hope and optimism. Make this “dream” a reality by getting one for your home today. Visit www.saffronpress.com for more information and details.