There are a lot of people hurting all around us. Jobs have been lost, and people are struggling to make ends meet. This is hard for kids to grasp. The story of Abraham's Journey ($14.99) is one of following the American Dream. The Inspiring the American Dream books are written by Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian, Abraham's Journey was written to restore faith in the American Dream.
There is a whole generation of kids that do not realize how much work it takes to get what they want. They do not understand that life will not just be handed to them. They have to work hard. Abraham's Journey is meant to help kids learn this lesson.
Abraham learns that his parents have lost their jobs and will be unable to buy their family gifts for the upcoming holiday. He understands, but wants to help his family. With the help of some historical friends he learns of a way to earn money by using his artistic talents.
I don't think that Joey totally understood the point behind the book, showing kids that they can follow their dreams to get what they want. It takes hard work to get the things that you want and need. He has never grasped monetary struggles, and may not unfortunately. Even after reading the book a couple of times, he had lingering questions about why was Abraham so concerned with this issue.
It was an enjoyable story, and the illustrations were done well. They kept Joey's attention. He actually said he felt like he was reading a graphic novel, which he really enjoys. This book did open up discussions about working together as a family. How to stay strong as a family, and how our family will always be there for each other. I also enjoyed that the story not only encouraged helping your family, but helping others who are struggling.
I would say that the age group on this book is late elementary through middle school. So roughly ages 9 -14. Like I mentioned, Joey did struggle with understanding some issues.
You can view more illustrations and purchase the Abraham's Journey by visiting Inspiring the American Dream books. You can also follow them on Facebook.
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to review Abraham's Journey, please take a few moments to visit and see what the Crew Mates thought of this story of hard work and generosity.