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Three boys grow up in the same drug-infested, gang-ruled, poverty-stricken neighborhood. Nelson becomes a successful doctor, his best friend Jesse, an award-winning architectural engineer, but Nelsons brother Alvin ends up in jail. In this riveting tale, Nelson relates the story of their childhood, and how, with the love and guidance of his grandparents, they come upon valuable lessons on how against all odds to become successful. Featuring accounts from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, and Abraham Lincoln, the boys are inspired by some of Americas greatest heroes. Although Alvin chooses differently, Nelson and Jesse are two friends who Dare to Dream! Virtues: Courage / Responsibility / Self-Discipline
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Nelson was a successful doctor, his best friend Jesse was an award-winning architectural engineer, and his brother Alvin ended up in jail. Nelson tells about his childhood of living in a single parent home in a poor area with gangs and drugs. His grandparents taught him, Alvin, and Jesse valuable lessons on how to become successful, but Alvin always resisted learning. Grandma tells them about the struggles of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, and Abraham Lincoln. After hearing of their struggles, Nelson and Jesse felt ashamed that they had complained about things being difficult. Grandpa read to them, "Dare to Dream Guidelines." Alvin's refusal to listen eventually caused him to end up in jail; however, Nelson and Jesse listened and became successful.About the Author:
Carl Sommer is a devoted educator and a successful businessman with a passion for communicating values and practical learning skills to children. As a successful businessman and educator, Sommer is eminently qualified to impart to students the principles necessary for success in an increasingly complex world. Following his passion, Sommer has authored books in many categories. His works include: the award-winning "Another Sommer-Time Story™" series of children's books and read-alongs that impart character-building values and principles for success. The Another Sommer-Time Story™ Series of 20 character-building story books and read-alongs have won these prestigious awards: Teachers' ChoiceTM Award, Mom's Choice Award Benjamin Franklin Award ForeWord magazine book of the Year Award The Communicator Award Family Review Center Gold Award iParenting Media Award Family Choice Award Many of these books have been translated into foreign languages. (The series now has 24 books.) Sommer also authored Reading Adventure: a phonics literature-based reading program for children consisting of over 40 books. Reading Success: a phonics literature-based reading program for adults consisting over 30 books. And Number Success: a complete practical mathematics series from addition to trigonometry, supplemented with workbooks and videos consisting of 12 books and 47 teaching DVDs. His concern for the lack of character in America led him to write, Character Under Attack and What You Can Do About It (Free at our website). During the Korean War Sommer served in the Marine Corps. At age 40, he became a New York City public high school teacher. To become a certified teacher, he attended Oswego State University, City College of New York, and New York University. Sommer then became an assistant dean of boys in a high school with 3,600 pupils where he counseled students and parents. As Sommer taught, he witnessed firsthand the many deficiencies of the educational system and began to investigate the system. His research led him to work as a substitute teacher at every grade level in twenty-seven different schools in all of the boroughs of New York City. Identifying the problems and needs of America's students, he proceeded to craft solutions. His exhaustive ten-year study, including a one-year leave of absence from teaching, led to his first book published in 1986--Schools in Crisis: Training for Success or Failure? (Free at our website). It is reported the book has had a major impact on school reform in New York, as well as other states. Across the nation, Sommer has appeared on radio and television programs, including the nationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show. He has served on the Texas State Board of Education Review Committee and taught a Junior Achievement economics course at Prague University, Czech Republic. International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England has also nominated him for International Writer of the Year. Sommer is the founder and president of Advance Publishing, Inc.; Digital Cornerstone, a recording and video studio; and Reliable EDM, a precision machining company that specializes in electrical discharge machining. It is the largest company of its kind west of the Mississippi River (www.ReliableEDM.com). He has also authored technical books: Non-Traditional Machining Handbook, a 432-page describing all of the non-traditional machining methods currently available; and coauthored with his son, Complete EDM Handbook. Born in 1930, Sommer is happily married since 1955 and has five children and 17 grandchildren. He continues to write and develop educational materials in Houston, Texas. His publishing company, Advance Publishing, will be releasing many more character-building resources, including 24 Another Sommer-Time Adventure DVDs and bilingual versions in Spanish for all the Another Sommer-Time storybooks. Their website provides over 750 pages of free character-building resources. Sommer is an avid reader, and his hobbies are swimming and fishing. He exercises five times a week at home. He attends church faithfully, and thanks the Lord for his excellent health. Sommer has no plans to retire. He is in excellent health and continues to write and develop educational materials in Houston, Texas. Advance Publishing's children's division mission statement reveals Sommer's passion and purpose: "Providing exciting and inspiring character-building resources that train and motivate children with positive virtues and life skills, which enable them to live successful lives, and resulting in stronger families, better schools, and a safer and more productive society."
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Book Description Advance Publishing, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Har/Com. Seller Inventory # DADAX1575375230