Play, the Way It Should Be
When kids dream and trucks.
by Lisa M. Hendey | Source:
Once 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.
When Kids Dream and Trucks
Fly, a wonderful new children’s book by 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 When 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 McDunn.
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
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Hendey, wife and mother of two sons, is and avid reader and the webmaster of numerous web sites
Visit her at http://www.lisahendey.com for additional
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