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Videos and Photos: Desmond Tutu Delights with God’s Dream

God's DreamSunshine does his publicity shots in style.Tutu reaches outThe Centre for the Book was alive and buzzing on Friday, filled with hundreds of children eating their way through a stash of Jungle Oats Bars as they waited for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to arrive and read from his new book, God’s Dream. Bouncing around on their seats, the children were evidently very excited to be there – some of them had never been into Cape Town’s CBD, or even on a bus, so it was quite an adventure!

The kids, from the Masiphumelele Library (Fish Hoek), Baphumalele Home (Khayelitsha) and Omega View Feeding Scheme (Lavender Hill), were treated to an enthralling performance. Tutu did not disappoint: hands flying, arms flapping and smile beaming, he read the book from cover to cover, his audience rapt at his feet.

Video: Desmond Tutu on God’s Dream

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Nibbling away Tutu did not leave them sitting still, either: like any cheerful grandfather, he got the kids up on their feet and involved in the story. One boy from Lavender Hill, when asked to kiss a girl on the cheek like the children in the story, refused point blank – no kissing girls for him! Tutu, a wicked grin on his face, told the boy he would see him in five years time – then he would be saying something very different.

Video: Desmond Tutu reads from God’s Dream

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The story is an expression of Tutu’s hope for the nation’s children, and centres on the idea that though we may speak different languages, have different customs and think in different ways, “we are all God’s children”. And God dreams that, like any family, we will learn to love each other and to live in peace together.

Video: Desmond Tutu demonstrates the power of laughter

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God’s Dream is co-authored by Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, and illustrated by Leuyem Pham.


Children from the Omega View Feeding Scheme in Lavender Hill Clearly enjoying the snacks provided...Concentrating very hard on looking big Patiently waiting for Tutu to come and read from God's Dream Camera happy smiles Channelling some restless energy by singing Christmas Carols Tutu sits among the children, waiting to read to them Tutu geats into the swing of things Animated and cheerful, he has the children enthralled .... and again In fine Tutu form Terry Morris

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    December 22nd, 2008 @12:10 #

    Ha ha!! Lovely about the boy who wouldn't kiss the girl on the cheek. This book looks wonderful, I can't wait to see it.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 22nd, 2008 @12:53 #

    Lovely, and a suitably feel-good Christmassy post -- thanks Ben-editor.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Margie</a>
    December 22nd, 2008 @20:53 #

    I like the post. I detect the style of Olivia here...


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