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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Ice Dream's Wish by Nasrin Mottahedeh tells a tale of the snowman known as Ice Dream. When Ice Dream was created, he was given special gifts which consisted of two sparkly marbles for eyes, a red rose bud for a heart, and a big yellow apple for a brain. With these special gifts, Ice Dream came to life and loved to play with the children, but he was easily bored when they were at school because he did not have legs and could not move from where he stood outside. Ice Dream is visited by Angel Cloud, an angel who grants him his wish to be able to move. Ice Dream questions how the angel had known his strongest wish and is told that angels live inside your heart and know what you wish for. Angel Cloud warns Ice Dream that he must use his special gifts – his eyes, heart, and brain – if he is given the power to move. During Ice Dream’s first journey, he feels so inspired to help others that he gives up his nose, his gloves, his scarf, and the beads on his front which look like the buttons of a jacket. Unrecognizable to his creators, they are amazed to find their special gifts in the snow at the school yard, looking absolutely radiant as they had been touched by love.
I found this tale to be absolutely extraordinary. Ice Dream’s Wish is a book that teaches so many lessons in life – lessons about kindness, friendship, helping others, being unselfish, and daring to dream. Due to Ice Dream’s kindness to strangers, human and animal alike, he made their awful day turn around and shine. Many people could learn from this delightful children’s tale of love and of thinking about others’ needs before their own. Nasrin Mottahedeh’s story makes me smile, giving hope for a better future. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.