Play, the Way It Should Be
Once upon a time, kids went outside to play.
by Lisa M. Hendey | Source: Catholic.net
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
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 childhood.
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