Have you ever had a dream that just seemed too big to make come true on your own? Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream by Lynea Gillen (illustrated by Kristina Swarner) is a great way to get started sharing those dreams with others by providing a way to start that conversation. The uplifting message is a wonderful educational tool to build character and self-esteem while fostering community in a world that is becoming increasing fragmented and distant. At the end of the story can be found a great discussion starter to encourage children to share their big dreams and ideas and make plans to work together to make them a reality.
Banty Chicken has a big dream and shares that dream with Moon, never thinking that it will ever go any farther than just a late-night chat with her friend. But, Moon encourages Banty Chicken to share her dream with just one trusted friend which leads to sharing with more and more friends who offer to help. Over time, the big dream of one small chicken becomes a reality due to the excitement and help of all of her friends.
Award-winning illustrator, Kristina Swarner, took the big dream of author, Lynea Gillen, a step closer to reality by providing a visual support to the story. I’m sure many more people were drawn into Gillen’s big dream of this children’s book to make it a reality and now children all over the world can read how small dreams can have a big impact. Gillen’s seed will be planted in many a child’s mind via this outlet. I wonder how many dreams will effect huge change due to this one small story book?
This story is a wonderful way to plant the seed that an idea and small, incremental actions can lead to very big things indeed. It reminds me of a friend of mine who wanted to take over an art festival in our community that was being discontinued. She had a dream of keeping arts alive in our community, but felt that she was only one person and couldn’t possibly do it all on her own. She told just one person, a friend who was able to put her in touch with others who shared the dream. Little by little, still more supporters heard about the dream and joined in to help and the art festival soon took on a life of its own, with plans to make it even bigger than ever before. My friend is now in the process of planning the third year of this wonderful community event since she had one small dream. Every year is bigger and better and draws even more people together to help.
No matter what your dream, don’t let it sit and gather dust in your imagination. Tell just one person, or maybe two who you think might be interested and excited to help make it a reality. You never know the power one person planting a seed can have unless you water and nurture that dream. You might just create the next big thing!
With the end of the school year right around the corner, this book would make a great gift for early elementary school teachers to add to their classroom library. It would make a great addition to school and community libraries, too! Do you have a child in mind to share this story with? I’m sharing it with my nieces and nephews. They love it when I read to them. Feel free to comment what big dreams the little people in your life share with you as you read this book together!
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