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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream

The American Dream can look different to everyone, but it must all start at the same place. A idea within us mixed with talent, hard work and perseverance. Do you think the American Dream is dying? I sometimes wonder what is happening to the work ethic of our society. In this self satisfying generation it seems like people lack the ambition to make the most out of their talents & are too quick to accept any hand out that is offered them instead of working hard to accomplish their dreams.
We have been discussing the American Dream & have talked about some people who have achieved theirs by reading Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream. This book is recommended for children ages 7-12 and can be purchased for $14.99.  
In Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream we get to see how young Abraham discovers what the American Dream really is. Both of his parents have lost their jobs in the Great Recession and have informed the kids that there will be no Christmas presents this year. Abraham was determined to save Christmas by finding odd jobs. While he was texting his friends to see if they knew of any jobs around another Abraham invites him on a journey. Not only will he learn to save Christmas, but he learns about the American Dream as well. Throughout the journey Abraham gets to meet several great men and women who will help him uncover his talents and achieve his dream.

Kathlenn and Robert Basmadjian believe the American Dream is in jeopardy. They feel that if we do not teach our children this American ideal, the American dream will be lost. They have done a wonderful job in teaching this ideal in Abraham's Journey. They have chosen some great men & women who have achieved their American Dream to help Abraham discover his.

This book is beautifully illustrated and all 3 of my girls ages 8, 10, & 11 understood what it takes to achieve the American Dream after reading this book. We received the Kindle version & I read it out loud to all three of my girls the first time. After reading the book we discussed the dream of each American that Abraham comes in contact with. There were a few people my girls did not know by name, but as soon as they did a little research they knew them by what they have accomplished. This created a chain reaction in their research and ended up looking up the richest people in American, so then we also discussed that the American Dream doesn't have to mean acquiring great wealth or fame for yourself.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received a free digital copy of Abraham's Journey to use with my children in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own & I received no other compensation.

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