Introducing Inspiring the American Dream’s book “Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream”
Journey with young Abraham as he travels with Abraham Lincoln to meet a few people past and present who have achieved the American Dream.
A few weeks before Christmas, Abraham is told that because of the “Great Recession”, both of his parents have lost their jobs and even though they will go through the motions of Christmas – with a tree, decorations, singing and being together, that they will not have money to buy any presents.
Abraham goes to his bedroom and takes out his smart phone to text his friends in his neighborhood to find out how to make some money – to Save Christmas.
This is where Abraham Lincoln comes in to transport him through time to meet Martin Luther King, Norman Rockwell, Amelia Earhart, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill and Melinda Gates. Through these folks, Abraham learns how they used hard work, talent, inner strength, courage, and the platform of social media for hope the opportunity to rise above hardships.
Bill and Melinda get to share that the American Dream is not just about amassing personal wealth, but combining wealth with their concern for others.
During Abrahams journey he discovers he has a talent for painting. Bill and Melinda see one, and purchase it.
Abraham saves Christmas by keeping the journey a secret from his parents, purchasing gifts for the entire family, and then moving forward with the family to give at a local shelter.
His comment at the end is that with “Hard Work, Perseverance and an Innovative idea and I was able to achieve my dream.”
Well. A lot in this book makes me think that the target audience may not be for my homeschooling friends. There seems to be a lot missing in the aspect of relying and trusting in God for your future and your needs being met. I have to doubt that young Abraham knows what hard work and perseverance is when he earned money by being transported around with Abraham Lincoln and landed in Bill Gate’s home to be given money.
Based on what I shared, I’ll let you decide if this is a book that fits the character development of your child or a friend. There may be a family or relative that you know who is in the same situation and they might need this book for their child. It comes in Kindle, iPad and Hard bound. I used it on my son’s iPod, and it was not quite formatted for easy viewing with a 2 page spread.
We have very different beliefs in jobs, Christmas and Character, and I’ll save those ideas for another post.
At the end of the book is a list of words with definitions and short biographies of the characters that can be pursued further. I leave you with three of the definitions –
The American Dream – the ideal that the American system of self-government allows for any and all individuals to pursue and achieve a fulfilling and successful life.
Faith – belief without proof in a positive outcome; belief in a spiritual entity greater than oneself.
Wisdom – knowledge and insight that comes from experiencing life.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this review are mine and my family’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.