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Smile Big Dream Bigger (Sonrisa Grande Sueña en Grande) (English and Spanish Edition) Paperback – November 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite The title Smile Big, Dream Bigger is very accurate, catchy, and will inspire people to open the book. Author Andrea Scott writes about a young girl named Samantha and her dreams for a better community for all. She truly believes that a smile is contagious and we should pass it around. Although her mom works hard to provide for her and her siblings, her mom still smiles and lets them know that things will be all right. Samantha reminds us that being friendly can boost the spirits of everyone around. Samantha is fortunate to come from a loving family and have a strong, wonderful mother who sets a good example. If Samantha smiles at one person, and that person passes it on, and then that person passes it on... Samantha is appreciative of her teachers and school she recognizes how crucial schooling is if you want a happy environment. She also realizes the imperative of setting goals and taking the right steps to achieve them. An important reminder for all of us. Smile Big, Dream Bigger is a motivational book that should inspire communities that children need to feel safe in a violence-free neighborhood. After reading a book about Martin Luther King, Samantha vows to become a leader in her community, which serves as a reminder to us all that we all need to help create the neighborhood we want to live in. She has a dream that her classroom will be filled with books and that children will be excited about learning. Illustrator Davion Coleman provides simple, but effective illustrations of Samantha and her family. --readersfavorite.com/book-review/smile-big-dream-bigger
Life has a lot of challenges, and these challenges can have a great influence on our children. Andrea Scott s book, Smile Big, Dream Bigger, shares a powerful message of the positive impact smiling, getting an education and reading can have on our youth and the future of our world. In this full-color children s book, Samantha is a young girl who deeply wishes her community in the mid-west were safer and wonders why there is so much violence in [her] neighborhood. She is one of four children and daughter of a single mom, who works very hard to create the best life she can for her children. Samantha becomes inspired through reading about leaders, and makes a promise to herself that she, too, will become a leader one day. She knows that smiling and trust in herself and her abilities will make her dream come true. She wants her big dream more than just for herself; she wants to become a leader to inspire her neighborhood and help make them happy, too. Smile Big, Dream Bigger is a high-quality inspirational children s book. The message that Andrea Scott shines a light on is vitally important. Don t let the dark shadows and violence around you stop you from becoming the best you can be, and don t let it stop you from smiling. The beautiful illustrations throughout Smile Big, Dream Bigger are very likely to inspire the reader to do just that smile and dream. The writing and the imagery is heart-warming and helps others know they can create opportunities for themselves and their communities because everyone does matter! I highly recommend Andrea Scott s Smile Big, Dream Bigger for every young child s bookshelf and for public and school libraries. It s a must read for parents and elementary school readers. Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team. --authorstalkaboutit.com/smile-big-dream-bigger-entered-2017-atai-book-award-contest/
About the Author
Andrea Scott is the author of Smile Big Dream Bigger(Sonrisa Grande Sueña en Grande) and she is also known as Ms. Impactor. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an elementary Spanish Teacher at a local immersion school in St. Louis, and an Adjunct Professor at Harris Stowe State University. Andrea believes it is her mission to educationally support children and young people who grow up in high-risk communities. Andrea herself grew up in a single parent home located in one of St. Louis most vulnerable neighborhoods. However, she is a living example that dreams can come true when you are focused and motivated.