A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
With encouragement from her mother, Ebere shows readers how important it is to make your dreams as big as possible. After imaging herself as the captain of a rocket ship, she realizes that her imagination can take her anywhere she wants.
Dream big, in bright colors and never let anyone stand in your way. Always remember that you are special, and your imagination is limitless. A mother's love is warm and kind.
Positive Role Models
Ebere and her mother are both positive role models. Ebere's mother unlocks her daughter's imagination with her continuous encouragement and suggestions. Ebere recognizes how special she is, and how important her imagination and dreams are as the story continues. Her developing belief in herself is inspiring for readers.
The book shows the strong bond and love between a Black mother and child.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Remember to Dream, Ebere is the first picture book by Tony-, Emmy-, and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Cynthia Ervio, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. This sweet and inspirational story follows the adventures of Ebere, as her loving mother encourages her to dream bigger and bigger. Though she's carried away by the whimsical nature of her dreams, she continuously seeks her mother's encouragement and is always excited to share what her imagination has created. Major themes include the importance of following your dreams without any boundaries, and the deep nature of a mother's love.
Is It Any Good?
Author Cynthia Ervio and illustrator Charnelle Pinkney Barlow have created a beautiful love letter to the big, bold dreams of children everywhere. This heartfelt book brims with emotion as the story dives deeper into Ebere's imagination, and she serves as a wonderful role model -- especially for children of color. The soft yet bright illustrations are entrancing and intriguing. Readers will finish the book feeling special and knowing the importance and power of their dreams.
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