Kayla is a little brown girl with huge dreams. Little Kayla was excited as her mother had told her that she had big news to share with Kayla. Kayla’s mother used to work and come late in the night. Thus, Kayla used to meet her mother only in the morning as her mother usually wouldn’t be back from the office at Kayla’s bedtime. She had been allowed by her father to stay up past her bedtime, as her mother wanted to share something big with Kayla. Kayla’s secretly wished that her mother would get Kayla a present. On coming home, Kayla’s mother broke the news that she had been promoted at the office. To celebrate that Kayla’s mother got a sparkly tiara also for Kayla, to make Kayla believe that she was special. Wearing the tiara Kayla went to sleep, dreaming of all the things she could possible achieve.
“Daughters learn their place in the world by watching their mothers claim theirs.” The author DeeDee Cummings proves her words right by showing the example of Kayla’s mother. Kayla’s mother works late and usually misses Kayla’s bedtime, this does not mean that she loves Kayla any less. In fact, she tells that the first time she got a promotion was when Kayla was born. She was trying to make Kayla understand that the most important thing in her life was Kayla. Kayla’s mother shows Kayla the importance of dreams and working hard to achieve them. By showing Kayla’s mother as a working mother, the book tries to normalise working mothers. Mothers who might not be able to be present at their children’s bedtime, but who deeply love their children. They have hopes and dreams for their children and are working hard to give their children advantages to succeed in life.
Designed for ages 5 and above, the book has bright and colourful illustrations to attract the children. My favourite picture/part in the book is where a sleeping Kayla dreams of her future and of all the things she can accomplish. She images herself climbing mountains, becoming a doctor, becoming a dancing star. By showing Kayla’s dreams, the book will make children aware of the possibilities awaiting them. It teaches the children the need to hold on to their dreams, to make a plan to achieve them. It inspires the children not to limit themselves but to strive to achieve their desires.
Kayla might have been waiting for a present from her mother, but what she actually got was even more precious, the desire to dream!
She dreamed of her future, her wishes,
and her hopes.
“This world is a beautiful and magical place”Kayla:A Modern-Day Princess
Kayla: A Modern Day Princess has been written by Deedee Cummings and published by Make A Way Media. This book was gifted to me for review by the organisers of Multicultural Children Book Day. The book will be available in spring 2021https://makeawaymedia.com/shop/coming-spring-2021
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