Every parent dreams of happiness for their children. It’s one of the most important things in the world to me and now as a parent, I understand that my parents probably felt the same way about me. As I read My Dream for you is Happiness by Carole Ann Hausman to my kids, it actually made me feel emotional when I thought about the true essence of the words.
The thing I loved about this book was how relatable it was to all of my children. It treats them like the little people that they are on their level. Sometimes life doesn’t go your way like when you get an upset tummy or get hurt, but you can always choose to be happy. That is a point I try to make to them over and over but this does it so simplistically that they understood.
Life isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fair but that doesn’t mean that you need to be miserable. My little girl especially is very dramatic when things don’t go her way and she connected to this story the most. At six years old she found she related to a lot of these situations.
At almost forty years old I felt I related as well and it’s a good reminder to parents that happiness is often a choice and our attitudes make up so much of our moods; as well as theirs!
My Dream for you is Happiness is my new favorite book because it’s such a beautiful messages that we sometimes forget in life.
The illustrations by Joanne Raptis are simply magical and brought me back to my own childhood joys and sorrows. What a wonderful book for children, and parents, of all ages!
About the Book
Initial Title in the Launch-My Dream For You is Happiness
Available September 22, 2015 from Hamer House Books
Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 1, 2015)– “When you are happy, you can find joy in so many little things in life.” So starts the beautiful new book My Dream for You is Happiness, the initial title in the My Dream For You book series launching September 22, 2015 from Hamer House Books http://www.hamerhousebooks.com.
Elegantly written by Carole Ann Hausman and gorgeously illustrated by Joanne Raptis, My Dream for You Is Happiness is designed to capture that covenant between child and a loved one reminding that special child how much they are loved. Perfect for getting ready for naptime or bedtime, My Dream for You Is Happiness will plant soothing seeds of serenity in that magic time just before drifting off to dreamland. The book is not a “once upon a time” story from a child’s viewpoint, but a journey for all in contentment, joy and wonder.
“I felt so secure and loved as a little girl when my grandmother would read to me,” says Carole Ann. “Reading time was special and sacred because she would stop the millions of things she was doing, sit down, put me in her lap and read. Everything else could wait. Time stood still. I was absorbed in the lyrical sound of her voice and the gentle turning of the pages.
“It is in this tradition that I created the My Dream for You book series.”
Even the youngest of babies who may not quite understand the words in the book will understand the gentle feelings and sweet sentiments that make this new series a must for friends and families to enjoy together over and over again.
No matter your age, no matter how many possessions you have or lack, no matter what your child wants to be when he or she grows up, the dream for a contented life is universal and infinite. Just “think of all the people who love you very much, take a deep breath and be happy.”
The hard-bound 34 page My Dream For You is Happiness retails for $12.99 and is recommended for ages 0-5. To purchase visit www.amazon.com. The next book in the My Dream for You series will be released in early 2016. For more information visit www.mydreamforyou.org.
About the Author
Carole Ann grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of Nashville where she developed a respect and appreciation for nature. She now lives with her husband and two cats in South Florida where she enjoys writing outdoors in the fresh tropical air. She delights in gardening, travel, live music and cake.
About the Illustrator
Joanne Raptis was born in New York City but considers the peaceful mountains of Pennsylvania her second home. A self-taught artist, she drew inspiration from her childhood cartoon heroes and from nature. She is now a student at Barnard College studying psychology and spends any free time drawing, dancing, crafting, and being outdoors.
Book Series: My Dream for You
Book Title: My Dream for You is Happiness
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Category: Children, Ages 0 to 5 years
SRP/Format: $12.99 Hard-bound, 34 p. color
Publisher: Hamer House Books
PO Box 550653
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33355
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