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John’s Secret Dreams: The John Lennon Story

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Yoko Ono’s faux-interpretation of Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” was in the typical Yoko fashion, she wailed so loudly and so pointedly that I could actually see her insides. It was a performance I could envision people wanting to look away from, but unable to keep their eyes from diverging. Immediately after I saw this video, the very first thought that flowed through my head was what exactly John would be thinking if he were still alive. Would he like her performance? Would this lead him to a breaking point, and all-out admittance that Yoko was the reason behind the breakup of The Beatles? Would he have wished he married Paul instead? Then I had to calm myself and realize no, he would never say anything derogatory or negative about Yoko because he loved her (even if she sounded like a strangled turkey).

To recapture the message of love and peace for both Yoko and the rest of humanity that John Lennon channeled throughout his career up until his death in 1980, authors Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier (the same writer and illustrator of Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) combine song lyrics, creative energy, and their own narrative to describe the humility and tenacity of the greatest musician of the 20th century.

Lennon’s childhood and career are examined in this wonderfully written and illustrated biography that will teach kids the words and ideas of a visionary genius; one whose simplistic vision was imagining that tolerance, world peace, and great music could be achievable if we all gave it a chance. Turning your little one onto ideas such as this can have a long-lasting effect from childhood on through the rest of their lives.

John Lennon was my favorite Beatle. Here’s why:

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