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God’s Dream – A Book for Children about Universal Love

Two weeks back, I wrote an article about the importance of multi-cultural learning. In this post, I discussed, why, at home and at schools, we parents and educators must create an environment for our children to learn about the culture of their friends and class mates who come from diverse backgrounds. From festivals to cuisine, from traditions to dance and music and from stories to art and craft, the children can interact and connect over a gamut of topics so as to learn and appreciate what other cultures have to offer. 

This post prompted some insightful reflections from my readers over here and on my other blog too where I shared this post.

The Book – God's Dream

The discussion about mult–cultural learning extended from this blog to an education forum, where one of the participants named Padma recommnded a book called – God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

I bought this book (from Fipkart) the very next day and what a beautiful gift this has been – for Pari as well as for me. You can buy God's Dream on amazon here.

I would like to mention here that the author – Desmond Mpilo Tutu – a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – had played a pivotal role in the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.

 

This book shares a powerful message of universal love, hope, peace and sharing – but in a gentle, non-preachy way that a child can relate with. It talks about faith in a way that even a 4-year old can understand.

There aren't many books for this age group that touch upon the subject of faith and diversity in such an uncomplicated and effortless manner.

Pari has loved this book from the very first reading that we did together at bed time. 

I read it to her with a lump in my throat. She's asked me to read to her often and has read it herself too – more than once.

The illustrations are mesmerizing. The water colour art of children in different skin colours, dresses etc mingling with each other with ease – portray innocence and joy and reflect the book's message that love transcends boundaries, colour, race and faith. 

The two questions upon which this book is based… 

…instantly sparked Pari's attention and piqued her curiosity.

The first question that the author asks is – "Dear child of God, what do you dream of in your lovliest of dreams?"

The question is followed by thoughtful cues. Does the child dream of being able to do what his/her heart desires?

Or, does he dream of being treated – like a full person (with respect and dignity)?

Understandably, this question initiated animated answers from Pari about her own dreams.

The other question, "What does God dream of?", sent her into a thinking mode…

There is a page about how we may talk to God in different ways but in essence we are all reaching out to the same God. The message tugs at your heart. 

The water colour illustrations showing a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu and a Buddhist child praying will leave a lasting impression on your mind.

In my view, this book will be a life-long gift to every child – no matter what the age, community, culture or faith.

These are the kind of life lessons our children must partake of.

Please share any other book that you know of that talks about culture, people and diversity – for children.

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  • maggy, red ted art July 20, 2011, 6:25 pm

    What a lovely sounding book! Very sweet and a great way to share key lessons to our children. Wonderful.

    Thanks for linking over at Red Ted Art

    • Rashmie Jaaju July 21, 2011, 9:00 am

      Maggy,
      So happy that you liked the book. The message is invaluable and the tone so simple. I’m sure any kid will love it.

  • Ms. S July 20, 2011, 8:46 pm

    Beautiful illustrations…there is another book that my class loved (as did I) -Sheila Hamanaka’s All the Colors of the World. The ilustrations and text show how we take our colors from nature.

    • Rashmie Jaaju July 21, 2011, 9:02 am

      Ms. S,
      Thank you for stopping by to comment and recommend this book.
      The theme of this book sounds so unique and interesting. I will check it out for sure…

  • param July 21, 2011, 8:12 am

    After reading this post, i am convinced that this one book is a must for my kids too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rashmie Jaaju July 21, 2011, 9:10 am

      Hi Param,
      Do let me know what you and the kiddos think about this book one you’ve bought and shared with them.
      Will love to know more reactions on it.. :)

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