Paloma's Dream by Paloma Rambana and Hillary Ring
Published on June 1,2018 by New Iberia, LLC
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
In a world where lobbyists are big and carry briefcases, one little girl with an IPad walked into the Florida state capitol and made a big difference. Meet Paloma Rambana who was just an above average fourth grader until she successfully lobbied the State of Florida legislature to help secure $1 million in funds for blind and visually impaired kids in Florida. Born with a rare eye condition called Peters Anomaly, Paloma knows what these kids need, and she is on a mission. Join Paloma as she sets out on her adventures to secure funding for kids, to inspire kindness and activism in people of all ages, and of course to finish her homework before bedtime.
I was absolutely blown away by this book. I typically do not review nonfiction, but I was so drawn in by Paloma's accomplishments at such a young age. These feats are simply incredible for such a young person!
This book is impressively written by such a young individual. Her use of words and the flow of her memoir blew my little teacher mind. It can be such a struggle to get my students interested in literature at all, and here is Paloma. She enjoys lobbying and going to museums and reading!
I was surprised that I didn't spend more of this book thinking about her disorder. Which seemed weird to me because her disorder is the reason that she was able to see the needs for teenagers in her area. I thought much more about her interests and her accomplishments than about her inability to see properly. At first, I was upset about this. Wasn't the point of the book to show that despite her disability she was able to conquer? But, I think Paloma would be happy to know that I thought of the things she did and achieved before I ever considered the things that she couldn't. After all, those are the things that truly matter.
I am beyond excited to share Paloma's story with my seventh grade class. So many of them are in need of inspiration and I believe that Paloma is the perfect role model for them.