In a fast paced world, we can lose our sense of the joy and wonders of the simple things in life. I taught it to my children when they were growing up, and I would love the same ideals to be passed on to my grandchildren now. To help parents to share the great ideals of the simpler things, there is a new book series that will help you pass these on to your children as a means of bedtime stories.
"When you are happy, you can find joy in so many little things in life." So starts the beautiful new book My Dream for You is Happiness, the initial title in the My Dream For You book series launching September 22, 2015 from Hamer House Books.
Elegantly written by Carole Ann Hausman and gorgeously illustrated by Joanne Raptis, My Dream for You Is Happiness is designed to capture that covenant between child and a loved one reminding that special child how much they are loved. Perfect for getting ready for naptime or bedtime, My Dream for You Is Happiness will plant soothing seeds of serenity in that magic time just before drifting off to dreamland. The book is not a "once upon a time" story from a child's viewpoint, but a journey for all in contentment, joy and wonder.
"I felt so secure and loved as a little girl when my grandmother would read to me," says Carole Ann. "Reading time was special and sacred because she would stop the millions of things she was doing, sit down, put me in her lap and read. Everything else could wait. Time stood still. I was absorbed in the lyrical sound of her voice and the gentle turning of the pages. “It is in this tradition that I created the My Dream for You book series."
Even the youngest of babies who may not quite understand the words in the book will understand the gentle feelings and sweet sentiments that make this new series a must for friends and families to enjoy together over and over again.
No matter your age, no matter how many possessions you have or lack, no matter what your child wants to be when he or she grows up, the dream for a contented life is universal and infinite. Just “think of all the people who love you very much, take a deep breath and be happy.”
The hard-bound 34 page My Dream For You is Happiness retails for $12.99 and is recommended for ages 0-5. You can purchase the book at Amazon. The next book in the My Dream for You series will be released in early 2016. For more information visit www.mydreamforyou.org.
About the Author
Carole Ann grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of Nashville where she developed a respect and appreciation for nature. She now lives with her husband and two cats in South Florida where she enjoys writing outdoors in the fresh tropical air. She delights in gardening, travel, live music and cake.
About the Illustrator
Joanne Raptis was born in New York City but considers the peaceful mountains of Pennsylvania her second home. A self-taught artist, she drew inspiration from her childhood cartoon heroes and from nature. She is now a student at Barnard College studying psychology and spends any free time drawing, dancing, crafting, and being outdoors.
What a little story full of inspiration! It is full of sweet and beautiful little messages that will help children appreciate all that they have in life. This book can relate to any child. It is important for children to know that not everything can go their way, and this book delivers that message in a way that children can understand. Even though God is not mentioned, the true Author of happiness, it will be easy for Moms and Dads to interject biblical messages while reading the book to their little ones.
I just loved the illustrations of the book. Joanne Raptis is a very talented artist. The book, itself, is tightly bound with thick glossy pages. It seems to be library quality. It is considered a bedtime story book, but anytime of day this book would be something to read to your children.
My Dream For You Is Happiness would be a great book to buy for your young child now, or wait, and give this as a Christmas present. This book is a great gift idea for any child up to five years of age.
GIVEAWAY - One person will win a hard copy of My Dream For You Is Happiness. This giveaway will end on October 24, 2015, and is open to US residents 18+ only. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.