My friend Danette was the tightrope walker in the kindergarten circus – walking carefully across a rope taped to a table –and since that looked pretty fun, I thought for a while I’d be an acrobat or a dancer. (I was not impressed with my role as a somersaulting bear. She had a much better costume.) My total lack of coordination and inability to even do a cartwheel did not slow me down in dreaming of what I could be.
Later, I thought maybe I’d write songs and be a rock star in spite of – again – my lack of ability and talent in that area and the added problem of paralyzing stage fright. Scientist. Nope. International businesswoman. Nope. Social activist. Still working on that one.
So what I like about these two picture books is the way dreams are a bit fluid for Scott Kelly and Frank Lloyd Wright. (Possible pun intended.)
Fallingwater is illustrated by LeUyen Pham, one of my favorite illustrators these days, and it’s a beauty. Frank Lloyd Wright was actually on the other side of his career – in his sixties and a legend though not a very active force in architecture when he was approached by Edgar Kaufman, who dreamed of building a home close to a waterfall on some property he owned. And inspiration struck and FLW went on to design many more amazing buildings.
My Journey to the Stars follows Scott Kelly’s youth and lack of interest in school until he came across a book which sent him in the direction of being a test pilot, which gave him the motivation to study and achieve, which led him to join NASA with his twin brother, which gave him the opportunity to spend longer than any other American in the International Space Station. When your dreams have a focus, you can succeed with hard work, he seems to be saying.
Maybe our dreams become real after being sparked by inspiration? When you find it, you sense some purpose to what you do, and really amazing things might just happen.
Fallingwater by March Harshman, Anna Egan Smucker & LeUyen Pham
My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly and Andre Ceolin