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If I Had a Little Dream

If I Had a Little Dream

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Nina Laden
Illustrator: Melissa Castrillon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481439244
Hardcover Price: $17.99

"If I had a little land,/I would name it There./There would be my home, be it stormy be it fair." In short, evocative verses, a little girl imagines, names, and gives purpose to everything in her imagined idyllic world: a garden, a pond, siblings, a bicycle, a boat—even a chair that she names "Strong" to "hold me when I needed rest/until friends came along." This wistful "little dream" by author Nina Laden ("Peek-a Who?," "Who Loves You, Baby?," etc.) is deepened by the sumptuous beauty of illustrator Melissa Castrillon's use of color and pattern that extends to the visual feast displayed on the book's end papers: white silhouettes of curling vines, flowers, birds, squirrels, and the little girl perched on a leaf.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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