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Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop - Hard Cover Children and Family Book

- A family story inspired by Bradford Lawless, his battle with cancer and his quest to find a cure. His journey takes him to the Desert of Lop in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region of China where he meets wild Bactrian camels and the people of the land. He discovers a secret within the Desert of Lop that may one day offer a cure for cancer and other diseases. The story is journey of the heart, truth and courage.

Written by Dawn Van Zant
Illustrated by Alexander Levitas


Follow Brad and the Sandman on their magical journey to the Desert of Lop to learn the secrets of the desert that live in your heart.

Excerpt:

When the Sandman comes to visit you tonight, you need to listen closely as you close your eyes and drift off to sleep. He will tell you a story that you need to know. As he drops the soft grains of sand and dust once carried by the winds of the Gobi desert, you can hear the sand dunes whispering a bedtime story. It is a tale of the magic that lives in the desert, of buried ancient treasures, vanishing wild camels, forgotten people and the courage of a small unlikely warrior destined to be their guardian.

The story tells us of a mysterious waterless land the shape of a crescent moon surrounded by majestic mountains that guard some of the oldest secrets of all time. The land of wind and sun tells the tale of brave explorers, lost cities, and treasures and fossils buried beneath the golden sand.

Once an ancient inland sea, this desert holds the stories and bones of dinosaurs from eighty million years ago. If you let the desert wind dance across your face, you can hear their stories of how they lived and how they vanished.


The yellow brown dust of the Gobi desert is carried in the winds to spread the story of lands once traveled by Marco Polo who witnessed and heard the strange sites and sounds in the desert, the voices of spirits, the sounds of music, and the distant rumble of soldiers marching in the sand. Mysterious musical sounds rise from the vast dunes to welcome the few that dare to venture by.

The great silk road of long ago, once a busy path between east and west has all but vanished and reduced its remains to myth and lore. The bustling streets, wealthy cities full of gold and jewels and forgotten kings lie submerged in the vast desert waiting for the wind to expose them. Some say faithful desert gnomes guard the hidden treasures below.

The winds dance across the desert dunes hiding Mummies of ancient kingdoms as they whisper secrets so old time has forgotten them. Only the tiny grains of round stones know their stories of long ago.

It is a land few have traveled from beginning to end. There are places that man has never seen, where footprints have never been left behind.

The borderlands are filled with vanishing wild animals, harbingers of fate. The last remaining wild camels on earth live in the Desert of Lop, hiding away from the world of man, waiting for a chosen one to tell their story and change their fate.

They search for the one who has courage enough to venture into the blazing heat, face the sand storms, and who can listen to the haunting sounds of the desert and not be afraid.

The wild camels of the desert challenged the winds to travel the world to find him. A powerful dust storm gathered in the Gobi and the cloud found its way to Alaska and then traveled down the coast. The dust circled the planet once before falling from the sky. The tiny grains of sand once walked upon by ancient warriors and kings found their mark.

In a warm bed, an unsuspecting young boy who could only walk in his dreams awaited his destiny. This is the story of Bradford and his journey to the Desert of Lop. It is a story you must know.
Copyright 2004 Dawn Van Zant, Wild Heart Ranch Books

Review:

Roxanne Sailors Taplett, editor, Simple Things,
"Captivating story of Bradford on his mystical Journey
Join Bradford as he journeys to the Desert of Lop, with the Sandman, the wild camels and the Uighurs. I enjoyed this book very much, was fascinated by the descriptive story of a young boy battling cancer, who one night leaves with the Sandman on a journey to the desert, rides the wild camels, sees secrets of the desert and is led to the home of the Uighurs, a band of people living near the Desert of Lop. This is an inspirational read for children with disabilities, and offers information on the desert and wild camels. Highly recommended."

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Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop Toys

Plush Camel: Meet "Judy", a plush, wild Bactrian camel, from the story "Bradford and the Desert of Lop". Branded with a gold moon and star, this soft, cuddly nighttime companion is sure to send children on a magical, sleepy journey with the Sandman. This 14" soft plush toy includes a neck tag and web site info on The Wild Camel Protection Foundation, a United Kingdom registered charity, with Jane Goodall as its patron. click here
www.wildcamels.com

The new line of children's non violent toys and books produced by Wild Heart Ranch empowers children with cancer and brings awareness to the endangered wild Bactrian camel. The wild camels living in the far away Gobi Desert may offer a possible cure for illness based on preliminary research. The book teaches us that, "One small boy with cancer can change the world if you listen."

Click here to see Judy from Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop

Read more about Bradford who inspired the book and Meet Judy the real Camel- adopted for Bradford

Learn more about how you can adopt a wild camel: www.wildcamels.com


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