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With warmth and humor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distills his philosophy of unity and forgiveness into a picture book for the very young.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God's dream, which he shares here with the youngest of listeners. It involves people who reach out and hold each other's hands, but sometimes get angry and hurt each other — and say they're sorry and forgive. It's a wish that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters, no matter their way of speaking to God, no matter the size of their nose or the shade of their skin. Aided by vibrant artwork evoking such images as a rainbow and a sharing circle, Tutu offers the essence of his ubuntu philosophy, a wisdom so clear and crystalline that even the smallest child can understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763633882
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 216,303
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

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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God's Dream 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
THTH More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book because my son is ten years old and he is having a hard time making friends at his new school.In his heart, he loves God, life, and all children but it seems that they don't seems to love him back the way that he believes we are to respect and get along one another or the way God's loves us all. So this book brightened his day and especially mine. It show children how to even play together in an easy and loving way that everyone can understand it. My son read it and loved it and the best thing is that he read it without me having to force him to read it. (smile) The art is beautiful. Keeps the childrens attention. He actually fell asleep with this book, as if all the children in this book were or should I say, are his friends. Thank you for creating a beautiful book to show our children that no matter what color, race or gender, God loves us all and he loves my son. A HUGE Thanks to the author for "God's Dreams".
jsb021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Nobel Peace Prize winning arch-bishop Desmond Tutu writes an inspiring book about loving one another no matter what we look like, where we come from and what religion we practice. This would be a great book to read to smaller children to teach the lesson of loving your neighbor. The illustrations depict children of all races and religions joining together to play happily.
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells all about God's dream and how he wants us to live. He wants us all to get along and treat one another fairly.
NancyStorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazingly written book about the reasons and ways to merge cultures. Excellent for young children to expose them to the world we live in and the beauty that can be gained from learning and sharing with other peoples, some of who may already be our neighbors. Great artwork too!
KarinKath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly touching picture book for children. It has a wonderful christian message for children (we are all God's children)and beautifully engaging illustrations featuring children of all nationalities.
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Momtina More than 1 year ago
This story is beautifully written and the illustrations are wonderful. My 4 and 8 year olds both enjoy it. One of our favorite bedtime stories.