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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Creativity: Finding your Art by Christian Gomez is a powerful and thought-provoking story about three young friends, and how their childhood dreams are replaced by the need for material wealth. Tyrone is an eight-year-old boy who loves to paint landscapes. His friend, Mary, comes from an artistic background and her paintings depict all of the luxurious items that she soon hopes to own. The third friend, Rita, although not as talented, creates abstract paintings, and has no desire for anything but to share her paintings with those who appreciate them. As the friends turn into adults, their passion for creativity is lost to the trappings of materialistic possessions. Discover how losing their focus on what is truly important to them changes each of the three friends' lives. Will they ever realize the importance of being true to their true life's passion?
The subconscious message within the pages of this well-written book is one of the most powerful I have ever read. The positive image of ethnic minorities of one of the characters was also very refreshing. The illustrations were of the highest quality too. The rhyming nature of the story would make it enjoyable for small children to read along with their parents. I feel it is the message behind the story that is the most significant. The author has cleverly shown how important it is for children never to lose focus on living their dreams, which are somehow lost for the majority of children when they reach adulthood through social pressure to chase material goods and not live true to your authentic self. The affirmations were superb and the note to parents again encourages them to support their children in their life goals.