Item description for What Color is Your Dream by Kittie Nesius Beletic...
What Color Is Your Dream? is an inspirational gift book for dreamers of all ages. Our lives can be filled with creative moments as long as we are flexible and open to new possibilities. As readers follow the life of a dream, they are given permission to explore the adventurous and unpredictable journey presented by our thoughts and ideas. The relationship between thinking and feeling, between mind and body, are vital to unleashing creativity. Combining the lush palette of colorful illustrations with whimsey and inviting verse, What Color Is Your Dream? carries its readers into the world of possibility. They are invited to make a wish and follow their hearts as the wish tumbles in and out of intellect and emotions, through structure into chaos, involving mind, body and spirit in the chase. They are wanred against naysayers who might cause the dreamer to trip and fall, to abandon their dream or worse of all ... to never begin it. Positive, playful and practical, What Color Is Your Dream offers an ageless message that is the wellspring of every inspirational experience, from lemonade stands to the internet. Forty-four illuminating images to feed the spirit!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.75" Height: 11" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 17, 2007
Publisher Brown Books Publishing Group
ISBN 1933285567 ISBN13 9781933285566
Reviews - What do customers think about What Color is Your Dream?
Positive, Peaceful, & Inspiring... Jun 2, 2008
What caught my attention regarding this book was its title, a question that begs to be answered: "What Color is Your Dream?" Well with a question like that, you just have to open the book and find out what it says to you personally. :)
Inside, the book's cover continues to tease with this question: "Can you really make your Dreams come true?" As if to highlight this thought-provoking question and the anticipation, the next page is filled with happy, yellow stars, and stars continue to be a motif throughout the book. The text opens with the line, "A dream begins with a wish on a star..." And there begins the birth, nurturing, and ultimate journey of your dream, assisted by the lovable Dreamweaver ... lavishly illustrated, with only the brief, most soul-stirring commentary offered by the author.
"Snags" and "tangles" and "discouragement" are all a part of dream weaving, and these pages highlight the fact that the road to goals and to success isn't always smooth, easy, or free of obstacles and opinions of others. However, the dreamweaver offers sage advice on how to handle these moments so that eventually one's dreams are realized.
The book begins with a question, and it definitely ends with a question and a blank space, calling the reader to consider the dreamweaving experience and decide for himself / herself the answers.
Three features I enjoyed about this book:
1. Opening and closing with a thoughtful, personal question [Teachers--especially writing teachers will love this! // Even high school and college instructors can use this book to unlock student thinking, expression, and creativity.]
2. The vibrant, colorful art, that is both uplifting and encouraging [Supports lessons on looking, investigation, and interpretation]
3. The many teachable life and career moments that this book can inspire for a variety of grade / age levels! The book honors independent thinking, choice, self-confidence, self-growth, and diversity.
The book's unique personality utilizes and celebrates the two dominate tendencies of the artistic (human) spirit, and examining these aspects forms the basis for meaningful personal meditation as well as class / group discussions: Apollonian (logic, order, and balance) and Dionysian (emotions, creativity, and freedom). Each page has a star-filled, defined border; however, within this firm frame, the images flow freely in bursts of color, patterns, smudges, and shapes. The text also changes its size, shape, color, and placement throughout the book. [Humanities and art instructors can use this book as an example for personal expression and critical / visual thinking.]
Buy this book and explore your own dreams...
For those who may want to take their dreaming to the next level after Beletic's book, please let me suggest the following book, which has a companion website that includes lesson plans and activities: Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom, & Wishes by Susan V. Bosak.
I have purchased both Beletic's & Bosak's books, and I plan to use them in future Humanities & Writing courses that I teach. Both products together can be the heart of lesson plans designed to teach / explore ideas in context; comparison and contrast; fact and opinion; inference; persuasion; narration; description; universal themes; key figures in human experience, etc.
This book can help Apr 19, 2008
I love how it helps you be creative yet get a warm feeling inside of you. It is a fun story, good for all ages. It is also good for kids who can sometimes lose all hope and give up. This is a book with lovely illustrations; it can really touch a heart.
Creative Visualization for Everyone Mar 17, 2008
This book sings with the author's original illustrations, bright colors, and musical verses. It inspires both children and adults alike. Each page calls forth the reader's creative imagination and builds visual skills in activating his dream. Children as well as adults thrive when they sense their own dream, bring it to light, and find ways to express it in the world around them.
A child without a living dream is like a butterfly without wings!
Acting upon our own dreams whether we are 9 or 90 years old brings a profound sense of satisfaction into our lives.
Everyone Needs a Dream Feb 12, 2008
We purchased this wonderful book for our family and have read it with our kids to open up their own dreams. The illustrations are wonderful and sparks great conversations with our 8,9 and 10 year olds. We have also used "What Color is Your Dream" as gifts for other families and friends with no age limit on who we give them to. Everyone has truely enjoyed the gift. Dreams are priceless, time reading with the children...priceless. The book? $13 or so bucks, worth every dream...
A treasure meant to be read aloud and shared with loved ones. Dec 3, 2007
What Color is Your Dream? is a rhyming picturebook sure to delight children and adults alike. Amorphously colorful illustrations enhance the playful verse about the wonders of creativity and the beauty of transforming thought into reality. "Crystal ideas are sprinkled behind // as the dream makes its way / in and out of your mind... // Thoughts tumble-jumble and circle again, / colored and shaded from places they've been!" A treasure meant to be read aloud and shared with loved ones.