Penelope's Big Dream

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2023
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Author Biography

Mónica’s love for writing started when she was a little girl. Writing has always been her way to process her emotions and understand her feelings. She was also very fond of art class which led her to study and work as an advertiser. After having children, she fell in love with picture books not only because of the creative stories and beautiful illustrations but also because it was a great way to connect with her own children.
Born and raised in Perú, she moved to the United States at the age of 24 to continue her studies. She currently lives with her husband and three daughters in sunny Texas, where she spends her days writing and illustrating children’s books.

This book is really close to her heart because like Penelope, she has felt embarrassed of dreaming big more times than she cares to count. Her motivation is to write books that foster self-esteem and create a sense of belonging while celebrating everybody’s uniqueness. She hopes you will accompany her in this journey of ups, downs and lessons along the way.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Having a dream for the future is of vital importance. Keeping your vision alive will carry you through the toughest of times. Mónica Vidalón shares the importance of dreams in Penelope’s Big Dream. Penelope knew that with a vision, anything is possible. When we nurture our goals, they grow. Penelope’s dream became so big that other people were bothered by it. She decided to leave her thoughts at home rather than being teased by her friends. Penelope was saddened to find that without nurturing the dream, it began to shrink. Help your children learn the value of having an objective to hold onto. Everyone has a dream, but some people have not found theirs. Spend time reading this book with your child and discussing their aspirations. Having a dream gives your child something to aim for and to create goals to achieve that vision.

Never give up on your hopes. It might seem impossible, but they can motivate you to continue your journey. Mónica Vidalón understands that everyone needs hope. Unfortunately, some people have lost sight of their objectives because of their life circumstances. In Penelope’s Big Dream, children learn how important it is to nurture and develop their visions. At the end of the book, Mónica includes a bonus page for coloring. Sharing your ambitions can be scary since others may not understand it or even believe that it is possible. Remember that everything is possible. Help your child find supportive friends who will encourage them. Help them find someone who believes in them. Keep the dream alive and one day, you will be living your dream.