Children’s book inspires big dreams

Author Cindy Jacobs and 8-year old-illustrator Mbalenhle Mavuso have published a children’s book. Photograph: Supplied

Cindy-Lee Jacobs, of Diep River, launched a children’s book, Where Dreams Meet Reality, at a Kirstenhof church, last month.

The book tells the story of Hannah, a young girl who discovers the magic of dreaming in ordinary places and delves into the power and courage little dreamers possess to pursue their wildest aspirations.

Where Dreams Meet Reality features illustrations by 8-year-old Mbalentle Mavuso, one of Ms Jacobs’s former pupils at Star of the Sea Convent Primary School in St James.

According to Ms Jacobs, the underlying message is that your dreams are not only free and valid, but they are also a precious gift from God that should be shared with others.

“Through Hannah’s journey, the book aims to inspire children, emphasising that one doesn’t require extraordinary surroundings to dream. It serves as an uplifting and inclusive read for children of all backgrounds, irrespective of socio-economic challenges they may face,” she said.

“This is a heart-warming tale that explores the relationships between little dreamers and their mighty champions as they join forces to help children’s dreams become a reality. It acknowledges parents as the unsung heroes, playing an incredible role in propelling our future leaders forward through their sacrifices, affirmations, and unwavering support during their children’s journey of self-discovery.”

Ms Jacobs said the book was a gateway for children to explore a realm of endless possibilities and joy through the enchantment of stories.

In 2021, Ms Jacobs, along with Toni Erasmus, published a book of poetry, Sunsets And Waterfalls.

The Star of the Sea Convent School staff and teachers came to support the launch of the children’s book. Photograph: Supplied
Liam January, one of the characters in the book, talked about his experience of living with a rare disease, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Photograph: Supplied