How many people does it take to build a house, a wind farm, a fountain, a roller coaster, a bridge, a book? Probably more than you think. While architects dream up perfect plans, scientists develop incredible ideas and designers let their creativity loose, nothing actually gets turned into a tangible thing unless a team of skilled labourers can come together to ‘build the dream’…
Written in rhyming prose, Someone Builds the Dream is a delightful ode to the workers who get their hands dirty doing the nitty-gritty and putting their blood, sweat and tears in to bringing the dreams of others to life. It is a fitting tribute to those who are involved in the physical labour required to create just about anything from roller coasters to houses, bridges to fountains, wind farms to this very book.
It may be the brains of architects, engineers, artists, scientists and designers that think up fabulous projects and ideas but nothing would ever be brought into fruition if it were not for the workforce of skilled labourers who saw the wood, hammer the nails, smelt the iron, weld the steel, plumb the pipes, steer cranes, drive machines, run the wires, bury the cables and so on. The repetitive use of the refrain, ‘Someone has to build the dream’ leaves readers with little doubt as to who the heroes of this book truly are.
Loren Long’s beautiful artwork is fantastic and bursts with vibrant colours, energy and hard work. Each page is a perfect example of inclusivity and diversity featuring people of different genders, appearances, races, religions and ethnicities; multi-culture and diversity sing from every single page.
This gem of a read encourages children to understand, to value and to recognise the contributions of the many and often under-appreciated labourers and tradespeople. It is a great platform for exploring STEM, different careers and the teamwork involved in creating pretty much anything. The message is strong, whether you want to be dreaming the ideas in the office or out there building things, we are quite simply, all in this together.
Recommended for 5+.