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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
The Dreamer is a children’s book by Tzuri King, Julie G Fox, Leonora Bulbeck, René Nel, and Natali Barbalat. Torria lives in a bomb shelter with her brothers, mother, and grandmother as the effects of war rage around them. The attacks are so frequent that the family cannot go outside for a few minutes before another bomb warning is issued. Her only reprieve is in her dreams, where Torria uses the subjects from her grandmother’s nightly stories to envision the people she misses and loves. Mysteriously, each time when she awakens, she finds that, in one way or another, her dreams have come true. The authors provide a place for children to draw and write about their dreams, and the book is part of a series dedicated to promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Using the thread of Torria’s innocent prayers and the vivid subjects of her grandmother’s poems, Tzuri King, Julie G Fox, Leonora Bulbeck, René Nel, and Natali Barbalat have done a brilliant job of weaving together the story. The authors speak to their readers from the copyright page to the end of the book, reflecting their own style of communication, instead of adopting common practices. The vibrant colors will catch the eyes of readers, and the book will be dear to them long after the last page. The story is comforting and gives readers a sense of safety as they understand Torria’s situation. Even though Torria seems to dream her wishes and prayers into her life, the story is realistic, and it provides a happy ending. The Dreamer is a great selection for children who fear the uncontrollable effects of war and wish they had the power to end it.