Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Book Review: 'Meet the Imaginative Joe Dreamer' by Karlene Stewart (Illustrated by) Telmo Sampaio

Meet the Imaginative Joe Dreamer by Karlene Stewart

‘Joe’s imagination brought him some magic’

Jamaican author Karlene Stewart earned her degrees from the University of the West Indies and has written inspirational books as well as self help books, such as her highly regarded volume - How to Self-Publish Your Children's Picture Book Using PowerPoint. She initiated her JOE DREAMER series of illustrated children’s books with this appropriately titled MEET THE IMAGINATIVE JOE DREAMER and is assisted in this venture by illustrator Telmo Sampaio. Karlene lives in the Cayman Islands.

Though this fine little children’s book is intended for the ages 4 – 8 years, the story’s message is so significant that the story would be well served for older children – all the way to adulthood! - as celebrating imagination is a very worthy lesson. 
Joe Dreamer lives in the Cayman Islands with his mom and dad and loves to draw and color – even imagining that his drawings are real. When he reaches age five, magic happens: whenever he draws or colors something it becomes real – but he is the only one who can see it. On a family trip to the beach, Joe draws (and sees) a whale, yet his understanding father of course cannot see it but encourages his son. When rain and water as waves happen, sadly Joe’s drawing items are lost and the family returns home – but not before stopping on the way for new drawing materials! Once home Joe’s drawing skills and imagination bring the sun and a rainbow - and Joe’s supportive parents can now see the results of their son’s rich imagination!

Karlene’s sensitive story celebrates the benefits of a rich imagination, encouraging children to be creative, while at the same time warmly underlining the importance of family support – both on the part of children’s response to parents and parents support of children’s creativity and happiness. This is a very worthwhile ‘project’ for all families – and inquisitive children – from which to learn. Recommended.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.