Bradford & the Journey to the
Desert of Lop
Dawn Van Zant
(Reviewer - Rebecca Brown)
2005 Wild Heart Ranch Inc.
Cancer patient Brad & the Sandman take a magical trek to discover
the secrets of the heart.
Dedicated to nine year old Bradford Lawless, a true warrior
at heart & his battle with cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma) this tale
combines elements of his real life woven into a magical journey of
“When the Sandman comes to visit you tonight, you need to
listen closely as you close your eyes & drift off to sleep. It is a
tale of magic that lives in the desert, of buried ancient treasures,
vanishing wild camels, forgotten people & the courage of a small
unlikely warrior destined to be their guardian.”
Come meet a boy as he does battle with cancer & dreams of
what his purpose in life is.
Come away with him, when the Sandman visits, to the ‘ends of
the Earth’ where once sea covered the land & dinosaurs lived, where
eagles fly & herds of camels & asses (donkeys) roam the vast orange
dunes, & people are far & few between.
Come listen to the stories the grains of sand have to tell,
of history & kings, treasures & mysteries, as Bradford searches for
Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop is a lyrical,
lively bedtime tale, filled with vivid images & magical insights.
The bold & bright illustrations are by Alexander Levitas, who lives
on a kibbutz in Israel & knows something of deserts.
In researching for this book Dawn Van Zant learnt about the
last of the true wild Bactrian camels - Camelus bactianus
ferus - from
John Hare, founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (www.wildcamels.com)
Jane Goodall as its patron. Their sole aim is to protect these
endangered animals & their fragile habitat in the Gobi & Gashun Gobi
deserts of Northwest China & Southwest Mongolia in the hopes that
their immune system may hold answers to research in arresting
diabetes & cancer.
Do contact WildHeartRanch.com for a plush & cuddly Bactrian
camel Judy to hug while reading this tale of magic & hope. Wild
Heart Ranch is a publishing, entertainment & toy company which
creates non-violent toys & products based on original ideas, stories
& characters that offer light & magic to children's lives.
More from Dawn Van Zant:
No More Night Mares: A Dream of Freedom
I Sea Horses: From Sky to Sea
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