the Way It Should Be
Book Review: When
Kids Dream and Trucks Fly
By Rosemary McDunn
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
Bezalel Books, P.O. Box 300427, Waterford, MI 48330,
ISBN 978-0-9792258-6-4 and 0-9792258-6-8
upon a time, kids went outside to play. They played until
the sun went down and mom called them in to eat dinner,
with their families, at the kitchen table. Among their toys
– dolls, balls, sticks and blocks – the most important ingredient
for fun was a great imagination.
Kids Dream and Trucks Fly, a wonderful
new children’s book by Catholic author and educator Rosemary
McDunn, harkens children back to the days when make-believe
reigned. Tom and Rose, brother and sister, are best friends
and playmates. They love to head outside to play on an old
flatbed truck, which is their favorite venue for adventure.
Together, they face storms and sharks, battle pirates, search
for treasure and save each other from make believe disaster
a time or two. Their truck doubles as a jungle hideaway,
a covered wagon headed west, or anything else they can imagine.
Fun abounds, with bright and colorful illustrations and
rhyming imagery to illustrate McDunn’s message, which encourages
children to let their imaginations soar.
Once young readers have
shared Rose and Tom’s tale, an interactive section at the
back of When
Kids Dream and Trucks Fly engages young
minds in drawing, matching puzzles, fill in the blank vocabulary
exercises and more.
Rosemary McDunn, through
Kids Dream and Trucks Fly reinforces for
children and their parents the importance of imagination.
“Imagination is a wonderful treasure. Let your imaginations
make every day of your life a magical journey!” encourages
The world in which our
children live today is a different place from my own girlhood
in the ‘70s. Safety concerns necessitate adult supervision
of young children’s play. But books like When
Kids Dream and Trucks Fly remind grown
ups that it is our duty, indeed our gift to our children,
to give them space and tools to let imagination and make-believe
be a part of their childhood.
For more information on When
Kids Dream and Trucks Fly visit
Amazon or contact [email protected].
Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two
sons, webmaster of numerous web sites, including
and an avid reader of Catholic literature. Visit her at
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