Terple: Always Dream Bigger (a Gilette Burgess Award for Children's Literature winner from Trust Your Cape Publishing) is a rhyming, goodnight picture book written and illustrated by Richie Frieman. It is his second book in the Terple series. Terple: Always Dream Bigger is a poetic journey that showcases Frieman's prolific writing ability, making him one of the most inspirational young voices in American children's literature – and poetry - today.
Terple is a courageous and imaginative young turtle that always dreams bigger. Terple: Always Dream Bigger shows parents expressing their love and dreams for their child. In Terple: Always Dream Bigger - a rhyming picture book - Terple does not want to go to sleep, and would rather play. Who can blame him, right? However, knowing that Terple needs to rest so he can have new adventures tomorrow, his parents write him a goodnight letter that tells Terple how much they love him.
In this letter, Terple is reminded how important he is to them, how proud they are of him and most importantly how you have to dream bigger if you want all your wishes to come true. We are told, "Look to the stars, then close your eyes, breathe in deep and realize... If you wish enough and see it through, that wish you wished, will come true."
We learn in this book, that there is no roof to dreaming, and no limitations. Every child's dream can be a reality, and every child should have the proper chance to fulfill it. After all, as Terple's parents write: "Before one more kiss and one more hug, Before the last goodnight is said and done. Before you laugh so loud you shake the trees, Then swim in a rainbow of fallen leaves. Before hope gives you strength to move your feet, Before you know it's hope that makes the heart beat."
It's through this letter, that author and illustrator, Richie Frieman writes his own letter to his three year old daughter Madilyn. It's his love for her, and how she has inspired him to never give up on his dreams, that has allowed Frieman to create Terple.
About the author
Author and illustrator Richie Frieman was born on April 21, 1979 in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Owings Mills, Maryland - a suburb of Baltimore. He graduated from Owings Mills High School in 1997, then attended the University of Maryland - College Park, graduating in 2001. Frieman currently lives in Hunt Valley, Maryland with his wife Jamie and their most adorable dog, Camden.
Richie Frieman has committed to donating proceeds from his book sales to a different charity every month. Frieman is working with charities across the globe, to partner and spread their message.