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God's Dream Hardcover – Aug 26 2008

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Aug. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633882
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 1 x 29.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He also served as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, from 1986 until 1996. In 1995, former South African President Nelson Mandela asked him to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which became a model of national forgiveness and coexistence. He is currently the chairperson of the Elders, an international group charged with helping to end conflicts and solve global problems. Archbishop Tutu's most recent book is GOD HAS A DREAM: A VISION OF HOPE FOR OUR TIME. He lives with his family in South Africa.

Douglas Carlton Abrams is the coauthor with Archbishop Desmond Tutu of GOD HAS A DREAM: A VISION OF HOPE FOR OUR TIME. He is also the cofounder of Idea Architects, a book and media development agency working with visionary authors to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He lives with his family in California.

LeUyen Pham is the author and illustrator of BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER and has illustrated many other books for children, including FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY by Julianne Moore and the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller GRACE FOR PRESIDENT by Kelly DiPucchio. About GOD'S DREAM, she says, "Being a part of this book has been an extremely significant experience for me, considering that I left war-torn Vietnam during the fall of Saigon when I was only a year old. My son was also born during the creation of this book, bringing the lovely message of hope and love full circle." LeUyen Pham lives in San Francisco with her family.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TIBLET B KIDANU on March 15 2011
Format: Hardcover
Hello, I am a French Immersion elementary school teacher who teaches in a public school. I was given this book, the one translated in French, Le Rêve de Dieu. I used this book as an introduction for a session that I was presenting. This session that I was leading was specifically designed for elementary teachers. The theme for the sessions, Understanding Our Learners through the Lens of Inclusive and Equitable School and Classroom practice: a path to closing the achievemne gap...well, I could not have picked a better book than this to start my session. While I was reading this book you could hear a pin drop, all the teachers were quietly engaged in the story and the beautiful illustrations. I have a huge respect to Bishop Desmond Tutu and finding a book that he has written and it's the one that I could read in French to my 6 and 7 years old students was a joy, and the book can lead to wonderful discussion about the authors, the illustrator the message and so on! Even though, I have to be honest, at first i was a bit apprehensive about reading a book that mention the word "God" in a public school, I quickly realised that this book is the right one to share with everyone, regardless of race, culture, faith, belief or religion, ethnicity, and so on...Loved the book, I am glad I shared it with my colleagues, everyone loved the book...will order one in English as well...
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By Jenni king on Oct. 20 2013
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This book is a gentle book that can be read, and then left to a child's imagination, or - depending on the child, spoken about to bring the concept of all for one - and one for all, alive in their consciousness. Recommended in many circles for religious education/spiritual understandings for all children.
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Beautiful book, lovely message and great illustrations. Is there also a French version? I would be interested in buying a few,
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Fantastic ! Illustrations are awesome to look at!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A must read May 14 2010
By Shaila Abdullah - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a Muslim mom and I loved reading this book to my 6 year old. The message of unity, not division is so powerful and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. These are the kinds of life affirming lessons our children need to hear in the world today. Diversity is strength and our success is dependent on us coming together as one people. That is and will always be God's Dream.

Updated review, June 2013: A few years ago, I purchased multiple copies of this book and distributed to various nephews, nieces, and friend's children. In the end I was left with 2 copies, one that I kept for my daughter and one that had no home...until now. My second daughter fell in love with this book when she was 3 months old. Any time we read her the book and show her the pictures, she immediately cheers up. This is her favorite book and we never leave home without it.

Highly, highly recommended.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
esloan Oct. 23 2009
By E. Sloan - Published on
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The story and illustrations in this book are appropriate for early elementary-aged children. The authors convey to the readers a solid, nondenominational message of friendship and acceptance without being overly pragmatic or preachy. I would recommend this book for purchase by parents or teachers looking for a story of morality and values with a religious spin, but in a format that is attainable by a younger audience.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great June 27 2009
By Savant - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What a great man Bishop Tutu is, It is unfortuate that we only like to celebrate celebrities for whom most have not done very much for the human family. This book contains some of the greatest words of liberation and ascendancy. Not to mention some of the best of,prolific prose, quotes, and profoundity of all times. This is a must have for "all people" and "all times"! Yes, for kids!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This is the perfect book to emphasize the importance of peace, love, sharing and the fact that we are all brothers and sisters! July 24 2009
By Deb - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are all different kinds of children in the world, but two things they have in common are that they are all God's children and each and every one of them dreams. God dreams too and many little children might just wonder what he dreams about. Archbishop Tutu thinks he might know. Among the many dreams that God dreams he says that:

God dreams that we reach out and
hold one another's hand and play one
another's games and laugh with one
another's hearts.

Not everything goes well in the life of a child, but God will always be with him and in his heart. We are all different, yet we are all in the same family. There is a way to make God's dream come true. Do you know the secret?

This is a charming book with wide-eyed illustrations that compliment it perfectly. This is a book with no specific audience, but rather one that is universal. It is the perfect book to emphasize the importance of peace, love, sharing and the fact that we are all brothers and sisters.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Most Beautiful Children's Book Sept. 11 2011
By Amish Mama - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled across this book at a used book store and thought it was the most beautiful children's book I had ever seen. The illustrations are at once warm and realistic. The children are lively and feel "real". Each page is colorful and each face brightly expressive. The text is also beautiful and deeply meaningful. However, I know that just because an adult likes a book does not mean that children will be as enthralled. This morning I read this book to group of about 10 (generally highly active) children in Children's Chapel at our church. They were all mesmerized. In the 2 years I have been working with this group of kids, this is the most attentive I have ever seen them to a book. A couple of hours later I happened to be around one of the children from that group and she picked up the book again and started telling me the story. So, they loved it and got "the message" from it. I am writing this review just because I pulled it up on line to order a couple of more copied for our church library and for my niece. I can't think of a nicer gift.