IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM by Nina Laden

IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Rhyming stanzas explore the notion of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, each one beginning with the words, “If I had a little….”

The rhymes are sweet and childlike, almost begging to be sung (although scansion is sometimes unruly: “If I had a little boat, / I would name it Treasure. / Treasure would make me sparkle inside, / more than I could measure”). The artwork, which uses a limited, autumnal palette, has a retro feel. It has the appearance of thin inked lines surrounded by stencils and block prints. Whimsical animals and plants decorate and sometimes frame the cast of white-skinned children and a motherly woman at the end. A child who wears an orange dress and blonde pigtails is in every illustration—apparently the voice of the poems. Within the art’s parameters, each page turn produces a fresh look in terms of layout, negative space, and appealing, eye-catching details. The overarching sentiments are love and gentleness, and the verse and artwork complement each other as they lull a child into sleepiness. A verse that imagines the narrator’s little brother is particularly endearing and is accompanied by a radiant illustration of siblings flying a kite together. There is humor as well: “If I had a little cat, / I would name him Curious. / Curious would make me laugh, / and never make me furious.”

Easy on the eyes and ears; excellent for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4814-3924-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2016




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