In a day and age where it appears the concepts of hard work, perseverance, determination, ingenuity, and hope are all but lost, one can be encouraged by Inspiring the American Dream. It is dedicated to the preservation of the American ideal. Through the website and a recent children’s book, Kathleen and Robert Basmadjian desire to inspire today’s youth “by instilling in them the values, principles and virtues necessary to achieve the American dream.”
Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to review the book, Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream. It is the story of a young boy, Abraham, who finds himself journeying into the past through his smart phone, and his tour guide is none other than Abraham Lincoln. In his time travels, he encounters many American greats including preachers, artists, aviators, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. In becoming acquainted with these historical figures, Abraham is introduced to and develops an understanding of the American dream. He is then able to creatively apply what he has learned to his current situation, and he makes a difference for others.
Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream retails for $14.99. The book is recommended for children ages 7-12. The boys and girls will easily relate to the main character’s vivid imagination, entrepreneurial spirit, and bold faith.