3 out of 4 stars
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Dawn over the moon by Tomadir Khalfalla follows the story of Tamara. She had a dream; she wanted to fly and she worked tirelessly toward achieving her goal. Tamara, her children Sama and Sami, the flying car named Audrey and the telescope named Galileo, all proceed to take a trip around the world and to the moon.
This imaginative ideology conjures up the perfect world. As one thing changes for the better, the next is soon to follow.
The illustrations in this book are mesmerizing. You can clearly see that careful thought and planning went into each detail. The light blue shading of the pages combined with the carefree innocence of the children and the loving nature of their mother, turns this book into a pleasant overall experience.
Tamara’s childlike joy makes her a relatable character for children. In my personal opinion, the book contains a positive message: follow your dreams and work hard to get what you want.
Although it is clear that English is not the author’s first language, it actually translates beautifully, making the book simplistic enough for children to follow with ease.
I loved the idea of the songs, but felt a little lost on what tunes would be best suited when sung aloud. With the amount of detail invested in this book, I think adding a disc with the songs or possibly an online link would have made an enormous impact. Not everyone has the imagination to dream up the beauty of song that could match this fable.
The only negative thought I have is that perhaps this book is too long for a single bedtime story and would probably have to be read in sections.
For a slight book of 33 pages, there was an unfortunate amount of spelling and grammar mistakes and I do think this book requires another round of editing to correct these issues. If my child was reading this book, I would have liked the spelling to be correct. Due to this, I cannot give this book a perfect rating. I do think this book was artistic and inventive and on that note I am happy to rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
This is a children’s book and there are no malicious themes, so it is safe to say that anyone can read it. If you do not like children’s books, then I would avoid this title altogether.
Dawn over the moon
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