Monday, March 4, 2013

Abraham's Journey Book Review


Funny Bunny and I had the opportunity to to read Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream by Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian from Inspiring the Dream.

PhotobucketAbraham's Journey is about a boy who is told by his parents that because of their recent job losses, they won't be able to purchase any gifts for Christmas.  He is saddened by the news but determined to find a way to save Christmas.

Thinking he can earn enough money to buy gifts for everyone, he begins texting his friends.  Something strange happens with his phone and he is suddenly transported into a cyber world, where he meets several great American men and women.  He learns that through talent, hard work, and perseverance, he could achieve the American Dream.  And most importantly, share it with others.

My Thoughts:  I think the premise that hard work and perseverance will be rewarded is a good one and I especially liked the fact that Abraham used the extra money he made to help those less fortunate.

Abraham met, listened to, and learned from several great American men and women from the past and present.  With their help he was able to succeed.  I think that there are so many great Americans that children can research and learn from and it was nice to see that those are the people who helped him, and not the friends he was about to text.

I don't think I would have selected all of the same people the author's chose to include in the book, but there are so many to choose from, it would be hard to narrow it down.

The last two pages of the book give a Definition of Terms and Character Biographies, which is a great place for children to learn more about any terms or people they didn't recognize.  That was helpful because I know there were at least three people that Funny Bunny didn't know.

Thoughts of a 9-Year Old:  I like Abraham's Journey because Abraham learns his true talents by exploring  a virtual world full of fun and adventure.  Abraham's parents have lost their job, and money is tight - and Christmas is just weeks away!  Worst of all, they don't have enough money to buy presents this year!  Determined to buy presents for his family, Abraham is about to text his friends, looking for odd jobs, when a wise old man who is also named Abraham takes him into the virtual world of the Internet.  Abraham finds his talents and uses them to help not only his family but others in need.  I liked this book a lot and enjoyed it immensely. 

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Inspiring the DreamAbraham's Journey is available an a soft cover book for just $14.99. It is recommended for ages 7-12.

My Crewmates are also talking about Abraham's Journey and you can check out what they think about it HERE.

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