SWEET DREAMS OF THE WILD by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

SWEET DREAMS OF THE WILD

Age Range: 2 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Dotlich's debut, subtitled ``Poems for Bedtime,'' is sure to give any preschooler sweet dreams. The soothing, repetitive rhyme charms, as does the cozy artwork in colored pencil. On the first page a child is pictured staring out the window by her bed, wondering where the animals rest: ``Hummingbird/hummingbird/Where do you sleep?'' The answer: ``I rest near the ivy/that hugs the wall,/in a teacup-sized nest/because I'm so small./High in a tree/I weave a warm bed,/with cattail fluff/and cobweb threads . . . I cuddle up tight/with dreams of the wild,/and THAT'S where I sleep,/sleepy child.'' Gray mouse in the attic, silver cat on the window seat, caterpillar in cocoon, red robin in a nest, brown bear in a cave--each delivers a snug rhyme, and by the end of the book children will feel content and safe and ready for good-night or good-nap. More than a rhymed text, Dotlich's verse introduces the young to the rhythms and images of poetry. A book and author/illustrator pairing that deserve a hearty welcome. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-56397-180-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1995




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