In Dreams of Hope, a father takes his daughter- his Little One- on a dream journey each night. His lullaby fosters a sense of wonder for her world and a respect for all living things. Together they see amazing creatures such as the land bound Sundees (caterpillars)
“Dreams of Hope is filled with peaceful messages that help parents introduce the value of becoming responsible global citizens to their children,” says Kaur. “For example, people often forget that the Chiru is an endangered animal hunted for its wool, and so, Dreams of Hope promotes dialogue and action regarding environmental issues like these. It encourages children to think about their world in a whole new way and dream of what they can do to help it.”
Published by Saffron Press, a company known for its books with global narratives and innovative perspectives, Dreams of Hope also features Sikh characters whose faces and identities are not widely seen in children’s books. Though the Sikh culture is not the main theme of the book, the use of these characters encourages a diversity of thought in children that challenges preconceived notions of bias and stereotype. This poetic ode is also intertwined with breathtaking cultural imagery and Panjabi language featured as “global words.”
Each book is made from 100% recycled paper and comes with a keepsake page where parents and caregivers can record dreams of hope for their children. The end papers are illustrated with a unique travel guide that moves away from traditional tourist attractions to monuments of peace around the world. These pages also feature the word “goodnight”
Dreams of Hope is for children ages 4 to 8. It can be purchased for $16.95 US and $17.95 CDN from the Saffron Press website (http://www.saffronpress.com) and ordered from any independent bookstore. Partial proceeds from Dreams of Hope will benefit Embrace Global (http://www.embraceglobal.org). Review copies are available upon request.
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About Saffron Press:
Saffron Press is an independent children's publishing house that takes you on a journey beyond the traditional. Our mission is to narrate a fresh understanding of our global world. Through shared connections with diverse cultures, our books seek innovative perspectives to challenge bias. By evoking curiosity, we kindle dialogue, encouraging children to seek further and deepen their understanding of positive self-identity.