Guest Post! Sofia’s Dream – a book every child needs to have read to them!

A note from NotQuiteJuneCleaver: This is a VERY special post this lovely Tree-hugging Tuesday! Thank you Dani – you are a lifesaver and this book is BEAUTIFUL!

Like any author, Land Wilson was influenced by many people. As a young child, he met someone whose teachings and passion for nature would forever affect his life.  He had the privilege of getting to know the world-acclaimed naturalist/teacher and conservationist, Elizabeth Terwilliger.  She was a generous neighbor who gave nature tours to the area children, creating cherished memories for them all.  Mrs. T., as the kids fondly referred to her, would go on to receive many national awards including being honored in 1984 at the White House for her 40 years of volunteer work teaching children about nature.
Sofia's Dream Mrs. Terwilliger with William, Daphne & Anna

The more Land learned about nature over the years, the more he learned that the health of our environment was at the mercy of human beings. His interviews with astronauts and their comments about seeing the precious, beautiful Earth from space led him to write a story about a little girl who dreams of visiting the Moon. In Sofia’s Dream the Moon helps her see her home through his wise and somewhat sad eyes. Little Sofia feels moved to do everything she can to help the planet when she awakens.

In the author’s Earth Talks with Kids at school assemblies, he says the message in the book is for people of every age. His hope is that grown-ups also come away with something from Sofia’s Dream. []


The story brings Mrs. T. and Land’s growing up full circle, too. His best friend in the neighborhood was Sandro, whose daughter is now best friends with Land’s daughter, Georgia. And Sandro’s daughter is Sofia. Mrs. T. would likely be delighted by that!

We hope we’ve piqued your interest in this sweet lullaby story written for children. The publisher, Little Pickle Press, is committed to environmental stewardship, and the books are printed and shipped in an environmentally friendly manner using recycled paper, soy inks, and green packaging. [] They also donate 10% of proceeds to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

And there’s more! If you’d like to participate in a drawing for the book, leave your name and email address in the comments here.

There is also a grand prize drawing all week for a cute pickle-green iPod Shuffle.

Ipod shuffle Capture

Go to the Little Pickle Press blog and sign up there for a chance to win! Also included are the original tunes from Little Pickle Press created for the book titles. Directions on how to enter are at the blog. []

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Susan…A great post… being a green person myself…I know the education of caring for our beautiful Earth home…begins with our children.

I would love to win this book… please enter me in your contest jar!

Happy Thanksgiving to all
Victoria in Houston

Thanks for your terrific post, NQJC (fabulous name that really resonates, BTW). The books arrive tomorrow, and we can hardly contain our excitement. Everyone involved in the production process was ooo-ing and ahhh-ing at how beautiful Land’s special book is. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


I’m all for anything ‘Green’


I’ll be buying this book as a shower gift for my friend who is expecting. It’s beautiful.


It’s a beautiful message and a beautiful book. Can’t wait to have it to read to the children!

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes… no joke. How wonderful it is to have such an amazing welcome for a book. Oh, how much I wish I could share my excitment with astronaut Captain Walter Schirra, Jr. – one of our greatest American heros. I am grateful to have connected with his daughter Suzanne – a wonderful person and a wonderful artist. ~ Land

Karen Friedman

I loved the story behind the story… cant wait to have the book in my hands!

Love the story, looked and it is sold out at Chapters, I would love to be able to gift this one to my neices 🙂

Gonna have to add this one to Miss Ella’s bookshelf!


I’d love the chance to win this wonderful book.