Dreamers had me thinking about how new adventures like motherhood, emigrating or creating art are courageous acts. It takes a courage to nurture and sustain the kind of life those acts bring. But Morales uses the word dream, not courage. New adventures that create new life, and the nurturing of those adventures, those lives, actually require a dream. A dream as impetus and provision.
Our mother, artist, immigrant is in need of a safe nurturing place and when she finds it, the pages explode with creative energy. The child, a dreamer himself, grows. You can’t help but think of how much of a creative, life-giving force the creator of Dreamers has brought with her and to us as an immigrant. I think about the amazing picture books her dreams have manifested; how many people she’s inspired, educated, entertained…; how many she’s nurtured with color and texture and wonder.
Dreamers is a celebration of the creative human spirit that invites you to participate. Create an opportunity to read this picture book. You’ll need more than a few minutes to flip through it. You’ll want to experience the wonder of a dream and a life, and more than twice.