BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — What started as a lullaby to comfort a little boy before bedtime is now a published book and a learning experience for children everywhere.
Nyilah Sulaimana of Bettendorf has written several manuscripts over the years.
But that was four years ago when her son, Mason, inspired her to write “Mason and Milo: A Journey Through the Stars.” It was a mother and son team effort, for a good cause.
“Sweet Dreams” is a lullaby Sulaimana wrote for her then five-year-old son, Mason, when he wasn’t having sweet dreams.
“After I wrote this lullaby, I would sing it to him and he liked it, I liked it, and I thought maybe I could develop those ideas into a lullaby and write a book,” Sulaimana said.
That’s when ‘Mason and Milo: A Journey Through the Stars’ was born, all with the aim of encouraging peaceful dreams and helping to build children’s confidence.
In the book, Mason ends his day by reading a story about the planets.
After reading, he says a prayer with his mother, asking for better dreams.
With a magic mask, Mason and his favorite teddy bear, Milo, travel through the solar system discovering all the planets.
“They ride a train on Mercury, blow bubbles on Saturn, and learn fun facts about each planet.”
The audiobook is narrated by the main character himself, Sulaimana’s 8-year-old son, Mason.
He is also the voice of his favorite teddy bear, Milo.
“It’s my voice Milo.” “I’m glad my mom thought of me like that, and like she did all of this for me,” Mason Gabel said.
Sulaimana has a Startup program in progress, where you can pre-order a box set that includes a hardcover book, a “magic” eye mask, an audiobook with sound effects, and the “sweet dreams” lullaby.
After writing the book, Sulaimana wondered who needed this book the most?
“Immediately, I thought it was the kids in the hospital who are battling different illnesses and having trouble sleeping. They’re not in the comfort of their own home, so I really wanted to see if there was anything I could do to make their visit a little better,” Sulaimana said.
Nyilah and Mason will donate 50 sets of “Mason and Milo” to patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.
“I hope it helps them to have good dreams and I hope, for example, that the children in the hospital will recover,” Gabel said.
Sulaimana dreams of getting the book to every hospitalized child in the world.
“It’s my mission, it’s what I really want but I know it’s a lot (laughs). So I start here at home. I’m thrilled about that, Iowa,” Sulaimana said.
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