Dreams of Near and Far
When Noah’s dog, Gus, draws his last breath, he’s devastated. He stares out the window as his grandma tries to console him. It’s as if his words have dried up and left him with only silence. He dreams of finding Gus but never quite can. On the opposite side of the shore, Mia and her cat, Olive, daydream about life somewhere else; they have no residence of their own. So, when Olive takes off, Mia follows her, all the way to Noah’s doorstep. When Olive plops her newly born kittens on Noah’s pillow, a smile creeps across his face and a glimmer of hope sparkles in his eyes.
Dreams of Near and Far is a beautiful story about two young children who seem worlds apart yet have so much in common. They’re both plagued by loneliness and loss. Mia’s life is devoid of loved ones and a place to call her own, while Noah’s closest companion has left him, leaving him desperately alone. Though it might seem their paths cross by chance alone, foreshadowing is threaded throughout the pages. Simile, imagery, and personification lace the text with meaning. From the poignant illustrations to the heartwarming storyline, this is unquestionably a masterpiece for children and adults alike.
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